Take HDR shots manually.
A tripod is essential to keep your camera steady and ensure image alignment. Shoot the following three types of photos, one after another in quick succession:
- Base shot: One photo of the scene with your camera adjusted to the base exposure or the midrange between the bright and dark areas.
- Darker shot: One photo with the shutter speed adjusted for the brightest areas of the scene. In this shot, you’ll capture all the details in your bright area (such as the sky), and your dark area will appear in silhouette.
- Lighter shot: One photo with the shutter speed adjusted for the darkest areas of the scene. In this shot, you’ll capture all the details in your darker area (such as the ground), and your bright area will appear blown out.
Take HDR shots automatically with bracketing.
Many cameras have a bracketing function, which you can set to take three or more shots automatically. “The camera will take a base image, then the next image (slightly underexposed), and then the next image (slightly overexposed),” explains Kosslow. “It will do all three in a row when you click the shutter button just once.”
Depending on its functionality, your camera may also allow you to choose how varied your bracketing shots are. For example, a 1.0 bracketing setting means the darker shot will have an exposure of -1.0 from the base shot, and your lighter shot will have an exposure of +1.0 from the base shot.