Max Rodrigues

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A rather bland sunrise scene at the Capitol becomes much more bright and colorful with HDR software manipulation.  (Kevin Ambrose)

A rather bland sunrise photo of the US Capitol (left) is transformed into a bright and colorful scene (right) with manipulation by HDR software.  This is an example of single exposure HDR. 

Do you think the HDR image is optimized, photographic art, or a Photoshop nightmare?  (Kevin Ambrose)

Does that weather photo seem too good to be true? It just might be.

High-dynamic-range (HDR) photo techniques have become popular over recent years. It’s not hard to see why, as the enhancements can create eye-popping imagery, even sometimes from relatively uninteresting scenes.

It’s a one stop shop to getting a photo noticed. Or at least that’s the impression some seem to have. Unfortunately, it very often goes too far.

Below, we examine the ins and outs of the technique and offer ideas as to its future use.