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HDR Resurrection

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  • From: Don Bryant <donsbryant@gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 00:05:58 -0400
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Just thought I would mention that the new Pentax K7 DSLR has built in HDR capture mode which will auto-magically blend three separate exposures to increase the dynamic range of the camera. The camera also has a Dynamic Range function to help with contrasty lighting. The K7 can also capture multiple exposures to a single image.


Many people seem to confuse HDR photography with Tone Mapping of multiple exposures of the same subject (or at the very least people seem to bastardize the term HDR). In the case of the Pentax K7 I would guess that the final image is saved as 16 bit image unlike the 32bit images that are generated with HDR software from multiple exposures.


So it would seem that with the introduction of the K7 HDR photography has been brought into the mainstream of photograph technique. How long till Nikon or Canon will do the same?


Personally I enjoy looking at over the top tone mapped images; a lot of those do fail to keep my attention for very long and many seem to suffer from the same technical flaws. But I will spend time looking through Flickr’s HDR collection to find the occasional jewel. I still think it’s a valid technique even when it stretches realistic renderings.


Don Bryant