High Dynamic Range (HDR) refers to the combining of multiple digital camera Low Dynamic Range (LDR) images into one HDR image that makes much more detailed images possible. As far as I can tell this is digital photography’s Holy Grail. A post-exposure processing program that does this is Adobe Photoshop Creative Studio 2.0, but a better program is Photomatix. Go to the Photomatix website to see exactly how the program works, and go to Flickr and search for the “photomatix” tag to see some amazing examples of the program at work. Here’s a night shot of my living room that I took to test it out. I can’t wait to take some pictures throughout San Francisco to make into HDR images.

This is so revolutionary that I would guess that in five years HDR processing will take place within the digital camera. I predict that HDR will be a native feature for most consumer and prosumer SLRs. Until that day comes though, we’ll have to settle for post-exposure processing.


  1. The photo looks great and I love what you’ve done to the living room!

    #1 by Meerenai — February 13, 2006 @ 11:35 am

  2. Thanks! You and Dave will have to come by for dinner soon. Let’s try and make that happen.

    #2 by Nugget — February 13, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

  3. I totally agree that this will become an in-camera thing. It’s incredible. I’ve got to see if I can get it going, even with my cheap camera. I can’t wait to try applying the curves to underwater imagery.

    #3 by Larry O’Brien — February 16, 2006 @ 2:16 pm

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