What is HDR?

A simple way to describe what High Dynamic Range photography is, is to imagine merging the tonal range of 2 or more photos in order to make a single “detailed rich” final image.

So, for example, a photographer frames his shot and takes 2 to 3  photos of the same subject, however, each photo is set at a different exposure. Traditionally this is known as bracketing.

Bracketing provides the necessary data for a wider spectrum of colour ranges for the photo artist to play with, and therefore able to more readily achieve a highly detailed output.

The example above, by professional photographer Serge Ramelli, demonstrates this beautifully. And together with HDR Merge, photographers can now more readily create highly detailed HDR images to add to their portfolio of work.

HDR Without Bracketing?

Using Luminar software, you can reveal hidden detail within a single image, and all without the need for bracketing. 


© Photos: Serge Ramelli, philipus (featured image)

Aside from winning the 2021 Red Dot Award for LuminarAI, Apple’s Best of Year, “Best Imaging Software” by TIPA and EISA, Skylum has received many other top industry awards.


With the release of Luminar Neo 1.2.0, besides the return of the Dodge and Burn tool, Skylum introduces a modular approach for extending the capabilities of Luminar Neo, through the addition of Extensions.

Learn what (HDR) High Dynamic Range Photography is and how to achieve HDR with a single image.

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