Shooting Challenge: H to the D to the R

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For this week's Shooting Challenge, the topic will be something I've been looking forward to for a long time...something our photographic community has proven expansive and adventurous enough to tackle: HDR (high dynamic range) photography.


The Challenge

This week, you'll need to submit one HDR shot of any subject. (Truthfully, a few of you have been slipping these shots in already.)

The Method

If you've never tried HDR photography before, don't sweat it. It's as simple as this: Snap a few identical photos of a subject (using various exposures) then mix em together in photo editing software. We have this excellent tutorial that will walk you through the whole process. And if you don't like that one, trust me, there's plenty more you'll find through a quick google.

The Rules

1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos need to be taken the week of the contest. (No portfolio linking or it spoils the "challenge" part.)
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings and technique used to snag the shot.
4. Email submissions to
5. Include 800px wide image (200KB or less) AND a 2560x1600 sized in email. (The 800px image is the one judged, so feel free to crop/alter the larger image for wallpaper-sized dimensions.)


Send your best entries by Sunday, April 25th at 11PM Eastern to with "HDR" in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameHDR.jpg (800px) and FirstnameLastnameHDRWALLPAPER.jpg (2560px) naming conventions. Include your shooting summary (camera, lens, ISO, etc) in the body of the email along with a story of the shot in a few sentences.

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Perhaps to show you all as a warning, here's a textbook example of how NOT to use HDR. All 80 pictures of them.