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HDR photography on your phone

Pro HDR

As a passionate photographer and photography trainer (see my website at http://www.joehoughtonphotography.ie ) I’m always on the lookout for new photography opportunities. The app which I now use almost all of the time when I’m using my iPhone camera is Pro HDR, and the results can be very impressive.

Phone cameras are improving all the time, but the small sensors have a very limited ability to capture a wide range of contrasts in any scene using just 1 shot. What HDR (which stands for High Dynamic Range) involves is combining shots of different exposures into a single image which has more detail in both the dark and light areas than the camera could capture in a single shot.

Pro HDR takes 2 shots and then combines them to give you a far better shot than you would normally get using a single exposure camera app.

Here’s an example of the shots – this first one is correctly exposed for the darker foreground…

… and this second one is correctly exposed for the brighter sky area – the app sorts all this out itself – you just have to hold the phone very still as it takes the two shots…
What you end up with after a second or two of processing is the shot below, and once processed you can alter various settings such as warmth, saturation, brightness, tint and contrast.
And it doesn’t stop there.there are options to add a frame, text and some filters to your shot, to crop it and then to save to the Camera Roll or to share to email, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or to the clipboard.
All in all, a pretty amazing app which can produce really outstanding shots far beyond the capability of any of the single shot camera apps.
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As a self confessed gadget and app lover, here are my personal musings and thoughts on useful, interesting or maybe just odd technology which caught my eye...

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