The human eye has a tremendous advantage over film and digital cameras. In most settings the range of brightness covers such a broad range that no single photograph can capture it all well. Lights and windows are blown out while shadowy areas lack detail. Slide film has the narrowest range of tolerance, though this contributes to the drama that made National Geographic famous for photography. Negative films are better, but only slightly. It was inevitbale that computer technology would come to the rescue. High Dynamic Range (HDR) photographs are a blend of exposures that more closely replicates what our eyes and brain can do. Sometimes it produces a sureal or dramtic effect, but it can also more subtle.
Like virtual reality photography, HDR doesn't lend itself to scenes with people or moving objects. The delay between exposures can't be practically overcome, though it is getting better. You might have played with this in your iPhone, but digital SLRs are much better suited to this type of work.
Examples to come...
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