A Practical Guide to HDR Vertorama Photography
for May 2013
Contents at a glance
- The technical side: Which camera, lenses and tripod support you need.
- Tripod shooting: How to adjust and use a panorama head for highest quality and precision.
- Hand-held shooting: How to manage the complexity of shooting the source photos hand-held.
- Rules of composition: How to compose your vertoramas without ever seeing the final result in the field.
- Post-production: How to post-process an HDR Vertorama from merging your HDRs all the way to the finishing touches.
HDR Vertorama photography is a photographic technique that is especially suited for producing impressive indoor photographs that present interiors like no other technique can. It allows you to capture the entire room and present it in a single image that appears to open towards the viewer.
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This book is a practical guide to HDR Vertorama photography – a photographic technique that is especially suited for producing impressive indoor photographs that present interiors like no other technique can. It allows you to capture the entire room and present it in a single image that appears to open towards the viewer. The final image consists of a number of individual exposures that are combined in a process called stitching. These individual exposures are called sections. The typical distortion of a Vertorama image creates interesting leading lines drawing the viewer into the scene.
The dynamic range (difference in brightness between the brightest and the darkest areas of the original scene) of indoor Vertorama images tends to be very high since it depicts large portions of an interior, ranging from very dark regions (e.g. the dark corners in a church) to very bright regions (e.g. around windows). In many cases, this dynamic range cannot be captured with a single exposure setting for all sections. Therefore, each section of a HDR Vertorama image is produced from an exposure series – a series of photos of the same scene at different exposure values. These exposures are merged together into a HDR image that has every area of the scene exposed correctly. So, each section of the stitched Vertorama image will be an HDR image.
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