In this post I will go deep in to techniques used to produce HDR photography.
If you are not familiar with basic terms used in photo industry, you can read some of the definitions in my other posts here:
hdr photos – basic terms explanation
HDR images are basically merger of 3 images into one:
Under exposed image
Correctly exposed image
Over exposed image
This approach is the basis for HDR photography as it can deliver you details in highligths and also in lowlight areas of your scenery.
In order to take 3 different explosures of the exactly same scenery, you will probably need to adopt the following approach:
1) Use Tripod – Tripod is a basic photography equipment and it is also necesarry tool to produce stunning high definition range images. I strongly recommend you to use tripod as it delivers you much more value to your photography than you might know.
2) After setting up you camera and tripod to the scene you want to capture; you swith the camera to Av (Aperture value) mode. It depends on the type of lens you use, but for HDR photography, aperture somewhere between 8 – 13 value should be ok to produce great images.
3) Setting up auto-bracketing mode. This is where the fun begins. You can also set the explosure manually, but using of autobracketing of you camera is much more easier and less-pain apporach. Auto-bracketing usually set the camera to 3 in a row shots with different explosure settings. You can experiment in this part, but usually the best results can be obtains with explosure values of -2,0,+2 or -1,0,+1. But I strongly recommend you experimenting here! You can also take 5 different explosures for example.
4) Set the camera to self-timer is this will produce 3 different images with no difference.
Final result can be such as this