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Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography

I love to photograph my landscape photography with high dynamic range or HDR for short.

Not so long ago a friend and I hiked down to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

I wanted to capture this amazing trip in the best way possible so I decided to shoot in HDR most of the time.

Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography
Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography

What is HDR you might ask?

You see, digital photography has a limitation that does not allow a photographer to capture a scene the way he or she see’s it.

The exposure range that a digital camera has is not as large as what your eye and brain can interpret light.

Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography
Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography

You have a beautiful scene before you and it has lots of highlights so you expose for that.

What happens?

The shadows areas will become very dark. So, you expose the image to show detail in the shadows and then the highlights become blown out.

I want both the highlights and the shadows to both look good.

I want the best of both worlds.

Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography
Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography
Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography

There is a way to do just that.

You combine multiple images that have been exposed to show great highlights and detail in the shadows in Photoshop.

To get these images in the first place you use a tripod and capture the same exact image with different exposures.

I like to capture 5 images so the dynamic range is smooth.

My Nikon DSLR will bracket it for me automatically and I shoot these images in RAW, 14 bit.

Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography
Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography
Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography

I set my camera to aperture priority at F11, put it on the motor drive, connect my cable release and let the camera do the rest.

Most of the shots you see on this blog were taken at ISO 100 for low noise.

I then brought the images into Photoshop which has a way to combine these images that gives you full control and allows you to be very creative.

It really is the best of both worlds and gives you a way to capture on your digital camera what you saw in the first place.

Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography
Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography
Grand Canyon Hike with High Dynamic Range Photography

On my hike down into the Grand Canyon, I took many more images that were not HDR and Video’s that I will post up on future blogs.

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