If you followed the news out of CES closely you probably heard the word HDR tossed around a lot. This coming year we’ll see TVs for under $500 with the feature, and fancy monitors for nearly $1000. But what does HDR even mean?
HDR stands for high dynamic range. Originally the term was applied exclusively to a style of still photography that greatly diminished shadows and highlights in photos. It made it useful for architects and real estate agents, people who would want to represent the insides of their buildings without all the nasty glare of sun and the darkness of shadowy corners. Yet HDR also found fans amongst really bad photographers with access to Photoshop, and consequently an unattractive HDR aesthetic emerged in still photography.