If you have an iPhone, you need the $2 Pro HDR app. HDR photography (High dynamic range imaging) combines a dark exposure and a light exposure of the same scene to create an picture with far more color depth than a “regular” digital image. Even though my iPhone4 has a built-in camera HDR feature, without a special app I can’t manually adjust brightness, contrast, and other settings which I find essential to take high quality iPhone HDR images.
Today I had an opportunity to visit Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, and thanks to Pro HDR I was able to take the following images. Anytime a photographic scene has extremely bright elements along with dark elements, it can be well suited for HDR photography. These is particularly true of many landscape scenes. There’s no way I could have captured images in Yellowstone with this much color depth without an HDR photography app.
The main reason an HDR image might not work well in a scene with bright and dark elements is if there significant movement in the frame. In those cases, you may be better off sticking with a ‘standard’ digital image.
Hat tip to Dean Shareski who first alerted me to the Pro HDR app!
If you’d like to learn more about iPhoneography, check out my iPhonography resources page, which also includes an hour long videoconference workshop from December 2011 on iPhoneography.
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On this day..
- Creating Multimedia eBooks (July 2014) - 2014
- Hands On with the Amazon Fire Phone - 2014
- Learning Together at EdCamp Fort Worth (July 2013) - 2013
- Boiling River: Best Kept Secret In Yellowstone National Park - 2012
- OG&E Smart Hours Program is Saving Our Family Money This Summer - 2012
- Publishing video to YouTube and Celebrate Kansas Voices - 2010
- Google Voice and Latitude on the iPhone - Oops - 2009
- Great VoiceThread resources - 2008
- Magically entered data - 2008
- Great themes in HP5 movie (Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix) - 2007