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The Digital Photography Workflow Handbook by Uwe Steinmueller, Juergen Gulbins

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Increasing Dynamic Range Using HDRI Techniques

Many scenes have a dynamic range (i.e., the range of brightness between the darkest and brightest points) that is too broad to be effectively captured in a single shot. In cases like this, there are four possible solutions:

  1. Expose for the shadows. This preserves shadow detail but produces clipped, completely white highlights (Figure 9-34).

  2. Expose for the midtones. This can swamp shadow detail while still producing burned-out highlights (Figure 9-35).

    The shadows in this image are OK, but the highlights are burned out.

    Figure 9-34. The shadows in this image are OK, but the highlights are burned out.

  3. Expose for the highlights. This preserves highlight detail, but shadows turn ...

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