In this article you will know when should you use HDR mode in camera while capturing photos. You already heard about HDR or saw it in the camera app of your mobile app. If you are not sure what is HDR, or why and when to use HDR while photography, you must read this article.
What is HDR?
HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. It is a photography practice which is now available in most of the smartphones. With HDR on, you can capture better photograph but it depends on how and when you are using it. Sometimes, it can produce high-quality image but sometimes results are worse.
HDR is achieved by capturing 3-4 photos of same scene with different exposure level and combine all into single photo with a higher range of colors and brightnesses.
See the below image for the comparison of SDR and HDR. You can see how HDR images offer better colors and more sharpness.
When to use HDR in photography
As I already said that different phones handles HDR differently, there is no hard and fast rule to use HDR in phones. But there are few situations where trying HDR will give you better results while capturing shots.
While capturing landscape photos, you will see lot of contrast between the sky and land. This is the best time to HDR and see better results. In outdoor conditions, sunlight sometimes shows too much lighting on face in photos. Trying HDR in this condition will produce better results.
It also helps in capturing good photos in low-light or dim scenes. It can also improve images taken in low-light conditions.
When not to use HDR in photography
Sometimes when light is too low, HDR is not the good option to use. In this condition, you will get dull images with HDR on. Some phones also try to smooth images in HDR. So in low light, it will produce blur images. I recommend to use low-light or night mode in this kind of light conditions. But in some cases, HDR works good in low-light. So, you need to see if it is working.
Capturing moving objects with HDR is also a bad idea. As you know that HDR captures multiple photos and then create on by combining all, you will get multiple shadow of the moving object.
It can destroy Vivid Colors scenes. So, if you want to capture original colors of a scene, you should not use HDR. Main reason is that HDR attempts to enhance a photo’s details and hence may alter the photo’s original color in the process.
Do all smartphones come with HDR?
No. But, now days most of the phone come with HDR photography support. You can check your camera app to see if your phone support HDR.
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