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Offline AutobahnSHO

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HDR?
« on: January 07, 2015, 02:21:26 pm »
So my phone's camera is pretty crappy, washes colors out like no one's business.

It has an HDR mode though, I don't use it much because it likes to triple the focus time. But what does it do? Do I have to edit more afterwards to take advantage??

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Re: HDR?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2015, 02:37:45 pm »
So my phone's camera is pretty crappy, washes colors out like no one's business.

It has an HDR mode though, I don't use it much because it likes to triple the focus time. But what does it do? Do I have to edit more afterwards to take advantage??

Thanks


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The reason it takes more time is that HDR, high dynamic range, is a series of images shot of the same scene. It can be as few as three. Typically, one normal, one (or more) overexposed, one (or more) underexposed. The software combines all three to "even" exposure between highlights and shadows. 

I've never been a fan of HDR images--almost all appear cartoonish and the ones that do not, could have been done by simply improving camera and exposure knowledge. But, for something like a phone, which is today's P&S more or less, it solves some difficult exposure problems for the consumer.  You just have to determine if the lag time is acceptable for the subject.
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Re: HDR?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2015, 02:38:06 pm »
Take 3 pictures at different exposures and combine them to make one good one pretty much.  Works best on still pictures.

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Re: HDR?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2015, 02:55:08 pm »
Wimmer made me hate HDR. When used correctly it can help a photo, but it's often applied heavy handedly to the point of abuse.
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Re: HDR?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2015, 06:44:43 pm »
I HDR everything on my phone. There isn't enough control over the other variables, and what control there is is in a menu thing that's not super handy. I would rather spend my time composing the photo. I don't find it too cartoonish most of the time.
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Re: HDR?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2015, 07:01:17 pm »
Phone HDR mean 100% better photos. Not cartoonish at all, just vastly improved coloration. Only time I take non-HDR pictures is when I have to have a quick focus and shutter.

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Re: HDR?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2015, 12:51:39 am »
The HDR on my phone blows.  It's so hit or miss.

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Re: HDR?
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2015, 08:10:03 pm »
I alwys keep my cell phone camera hdr on... only way pics look remotely acceptable
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Re: HDR?
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2015, 12:52:08 pm »
Mine's pretty bad anyway. ASUS padfone x mini.

Previous was Samsung Galaxy Nexus (2012), colors were much better and I miss the photosphere mode.
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