HDR Settings on Your iPhone- The Wonder of its Use

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Do you love clicking photos with your iPhone? You must have really felt thrilled to get such good and awesome images with your iPhone camera. Earlier it was not possible to have such imaging since the launch of iphone 4S. The cameras are now cool to use and are equipped with HDR with which you can improve the get up of your photos. With HDR settings you can shoot the very best like giving different exposure from darkness to lightness to create a balanced visual image.

But have you ever though what HDR is?

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range imaging. In earlier cameras it was popular but now one can find its presence in latest smarphones like the iPhones and Androids. So let us see how the HDR settings on your iPhone work and helps you to make your snaps look better.

HDR Settings help you add more “dynamic range” to photographs, where dynamic range is the ratio of light to dark in a photograph. Just snap your picture and it’ll spit out one regular photo and one HDR photo. The result is something that should look more like what your eyes see, rather than what your camera sees.

This is why, when you turn HDR mode on, your phone takes a little longer to take the photo. It’s actually taking three pictures, rather than just one. Then it puts those three images  together and highlights the best parts of each photo

But do you know there are certain conditions when and when not to use the HDR Mode when taking pictures. Here are the do’s and don’ts of HDR

When You Shouldn’t Use HDR

  1. Never use HDR for Moving Objects

If any of your subjects are moving or might move, HDR increases the chance of a blurry photo. Remember, HDR takes three pictures, so if your subject moves between the first and second shot, your final picture won’t look very good.

  1. High-Contrast Scenes

Some photos look better with stark contrast between the dark and light parts of the photo, like if you have a dark shadow or silhouette you want to highlight. HDR will make this less intense, resulting in a less interesting photo.

  1. Don’t use in bright sunlight conditions

Avoid shooting in direct sunlight or near a bright, sunlit window, because the setting will wash out vivid hues in the scenery.  If your scene is too dark or too light, HDR can bring some of the color back. However, if you’re dealing with colors that are already very vivid, HDR can wash them out.

  1. HDR for quick successive snaps

Because HDR images are larger than their normal counterparts, it does take a few seconds for the camera to save each image. When looking to snap several images in succession, pass on the HDR function.

When to use the HDR Mode

  1. Use HDR for Close ups and Outdoor Pictures

Try HDR for close-ups and outdoor portraits, especially if the subject and the background have a harsh lighting difference. HDR images look crisper, and colors appear much richer than the normal photo.

  1. Use HDR in dim lighting, without flash.

To experiment with HDR, tap on the camera app and set “HDR On.” Take a photo as you would normally. The iPhone stores both the normal image and HDR image manually, which makes it fun to compare the differences. However, you can always change this option in “Settings” to save the HDR images only.

HDR image balances the dark background and the bright lights of the sculpture. HDR is not available with the flash setting, so choose one or the other in dark locations.

Most HDR camera phones will give you two images: one with HDR turned off, and one with it turned on. That means that you can always give HDR a shot and see what the comparison looks like before turning it off altogether

Now go out with your iPhone or even at home or at workplace click your pics and remember the HDR as a high dynamic tool for getting better pictures which will make you look like a pro photographer.

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