Have you noticed when capturing a sunset or sunrise that the DSLR camera cannot sample the highlights and shadows in a single exposure? For the uninitiated, highlights refer to the brightest part of an image or scene, and shadows allude to its darkest parts. If you are forced to select an exposure that is right for one but not for the other, then the camera’s dynamic range might be limited.
This luminosity gap between lightest and darkest parts of a photo can be rather distracting for landscape photographers, most of who set out to snap natural scenery in as “real” manner as possible. Ultimately, the objective of photographing cityscapes or landscape images at sunrise or sunset is to invite the attention of viewers.
There are two tried and tested ways to work around the limited dynamic range of DSLR cams, and get better results. With real estate photo editing services, blending photos with improved dynamic range is quite possible with better control, than using lens filters for the purpose of enhancement.
Graduated Neutral Density Filters
Certain photographers make use of Graduated ND filters to expose the lightest parts of a photo that has bright portions as well. This is achieved by placing filters of either glass or plastic in the top half of camera lens, to reduce the area of a photo with more brightness. Yet again, the application of this technique traces back to 1970’s, and achieving the best results with it can be challenging, especially when landscapes with nonlinear or mountain horizons, or vertically-shaped buildings, get in the way. There is a better way to improve the dynamic range of real estate photos.
Real Estate Image Blending
HDR photo editing companies can create images with better dynamic range using a set of bracketed photos. For those new to photography, bracketing is the technique of capturing images and altering only a setting from the 3 variables that determine exposure. Usually, photographers change the camera’s shutter speed to take multiple shots with different exposure values. Then, such photos can be blended using HDR editing software, or techniques such as tone mapping. There are several firms that offer real estate image blending services, yet for the best dynamic range, make it a point to give them landscape snaps with underexposure, overexposure, and also midtone.