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dsefcik
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11/14/2012
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Some of the challenging desert photos for me are during the day when there is very bright sunlight and dark shadows all in the same photo. The bright sunlight will "white" out the sky and the shadows will look very dark. My camera has and HDR mode that will take several photos with different exposures and blend them together to get a well balanced photo. I just saw a friends Android phone that had an HDR mode on the camera and it worked very well!

You can take manual photos with different exposures and blend them together with software but if your camera supports HDR mode you should give it a try first.

Here is an example before/after photos with HDR applied
(Rancher Shack in Mason Valley)

Normal Photo


Blended HDR Applied Photo


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dsefcik
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surfponto wrote:
Are SLR cameras the only cameras with HDR mode?



No..! My friends Samsung Android phone had an HDR mode and it worked great! I am guessing most new cameras have an HDR mode and most people don't know what it's for. HDR can take much better photos when there is extreme lighting contrasts.

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