Automating HDR Optimization with HDR Exposures Calculator

Mar 28, 2018
Photography

One of the biggest barriers to picking up photography beyond the basic functions is the steep learning curve that is involved with the technical knowledge. As a result, many people who wish to take up photography are intimidated by the immense amount of knowledge that must be learned before becoming proficient.

While photography can be a technical and confusing realm, many functions such as High Dynamic Range, or HDR, have been created to enhance photographs with minimal input. One such tool, HDR Exposures Calculator (iOS), has been created to optimize this more technical aspect for new and professional photographers alike.

HDR is a measurement of the difference between the brightest and darkest parts of a photo. For those who are more technically inclined and are looking for ways to enhance their photo in terms of HDR, HDR Exposures Calculator is an app that automatically does many of the calculations that provides data to optimize camera settings instead of having the photographer do it themselves. For example, the app indicates the number of photographs that should be taken, the exposure setting that should be used, as well as camera mode. In gaining all of this information in a way that is easy to understand, photographers can get the best shot without having to manually do trial-and-error themselves.

In terms of input, all that a photographer has to do is enter in very basic fields to include shadows, highlights, frames, and EV spacing while the report generated takes in all of the data and then produces a comprehensive summary. By processing this data, the algorithms of the app determine the best settings that should be applied so that users do not have to manually try and determine the settings themselves. Through this report, users can adjust their equipment and ultimately get the best possible shot.

HDR Exposures Calculator is an app that automatically does many of the calculations that provides data to optimize camera settings

Although the app is a tool that significantly simplifies the HDR aspect of photography, the information that is provided still requires a certain level of technical knowledge that may not be understandable to novice users. For example, the number of frames, shutter speeds, bracketed sets, and acronyms such as EV can be intimidating for those who are new to the realm of more technical photography. However, as the content that is displayed in the report may not immediately be understood by all photographers, there exists a help section which further breaks down the different functions of the app as well as breaks down the steps that are required to apply the adjustments. With this, it becomes more intuitive to read the report and make the necessary changes to the camera.

For those who are looking for ways to ease the HDR aspect of technical photography, HDR Exposures Calculator is an app that can significantly streamline the process of getting the ideal settings for dynamic ranges. As all that it takes to get a report on the optimal number of frames, shutter speed, and bracketed sets is to enter in basic fields of data, it is one of the best tools that can be used to optimize photos quickly.

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Kevin Chau

Following my passion in the realm of business and entrepreneurship, I am always eager to develop skills that enable me to learn, build, and grow. My previous projects, both academic and personal, reflect my dedication towards expanding and applying my theoretical knowledge for practical results in these fields.

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