One of the best ways to counter direct sunlight is to take an HDR photo. It’s a combination of two or more images at different exposures, ending up in a photo whose highlights and shadows can be adjusted across a much higher range than a normal one.
Many landscape and architectural photographers use this technique to battle challenging sunlight and to get as many details as possible in their photos. If you would also like to start taking HDR photos, here are some tips you should keep in mind:
- Take Multiple Exposures
Take as many exposures as you want to make sure that every single detail of your scene is exposed perfectly. The highlights are the most challenging part of an outdoor photo as these cannot always be pulled back with a RAW editor significantly. Therefore, ensure that the highlights of your scene are exposed well, then move on to the shadows, and then everything in between.
- Keep Your Camera Steady
When merging different photos, you need to make sure that they align perfectly. Use a tripod when taking your exposures to maximize stability. If you don’t have access to a tripod then simply find a stable surface for your camera. The more same-looking your photos are as far as framing goes, the easier it will be to merge them into one amazing looking HDR photo.
- Choose Your Editor Wisely
HDR photography depends a lot on which HDR editor you end up choosing. There are many to boggle your mind, but some of the best ones include Aurora HDR (https://aurorahdr.com) and Photomatix Pro (https://www.hdrsoft.com). These strike a good balance between features, image quality, and price. If we had to recommend just one, we would go with Aurora HDR for its phenomenal image quality and very easy to use interface. It’s also fully compatible with Lightroom and Photoshop as a plugin so that you can use it however you like.