Here’s another photo just to whet your appetite. This is a photo of our Christmas tree this year. It was a rather nice tree, if I say so myself. My wife and I shook the snow off many trees before deciding on this one. It was promptly cut, put in the stand positioned in the living room, and decorated. OK, so that part isn’t so special.
This photo is a composite of 6 images taken with different exposures. Yes, you can set your camera to intentionally over- and under-expose the image. These were taken at -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, and +3 stops from the “normal” metered exposure. Then, using Photomatix software, I combined these into a single image. The result is termed an HDR image, or High Dynamic Range. There are lots of options when using Photomatix, but this is an example of the creative things you can do with your digital images.
As I said, this is just to get you thinking about the possibilities. We’ll cover HDR again in a later post.