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HDRI: The Ultimate Tool for Combating High Contrast

The biggest problem with reproducing a very extreme contrast range in a single frame, of course, is that your camera’s sensor has a finite dynamic range. Even the best digital sensors are limited to recording a maximum contrast range of about nine stops (and that’s being optimistic). However, within the past few years, a new technique has emerged called HDRI, or High Dynamic Range Imaging (originally developed for computer-generated images, it is often simply called HDR), that can vastly extend the dynamic range of the images you take. It’s quite an amazing technique and has the potential to solve all of your contrast problems, though it adds a few more steps to the photographic process.


  

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