How Do HDR Editors Work?

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If you’re familiar with photographic technology, chances are you’ve heard of the term HDR photography. This is a great technique for taking photos of architecture and landscapes, and many people take advantage of the technique to take product photos as well. There are specialized HDR editors that can help you create such images, like and, but many people don’t understand the core concept behind the technology.

We are here to help.

In Simple Terms: It’s Stacking Images Together

An HDR image, essentially, is created by stacking two or more photos of the same subject from the same angle together. The only difference between these photos is that they are all taken with different exposure settings. So for example, one photo would be darker while the other would be brighter.

What happens next is simple. You stack these photos together with the help of the HDR processor of your choice and get a resulting image that has the best parts of both exposures. Now, what you are left with is an image with a much more extensive dynamic range than each individual image you stacked. You can then easily adjust the exposure settings of your HDR image and get an even exposure throughout the frame.

HDR or Fake HDR?

There are many image editors available that have an HDR effect available for users to try. All this effect does is make an image look like it’s an HDR by boosting the shadows of a photo and often making it look over-sharpened. This, as you may have already assessed, is not a great way to go as most editors just make the images look fake.

So now that you have a little more understanding of how HDR photography works, head out and experiment with this flexible technique yourself and see if it’s something you’d like to adopt for your photographic endeavors.

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