HDR photography is one the most beautiful forms of photography captured by cameras. At its finest, the technique lets you capture subtle tones and color that are usually only seen by the human eye, these features are then “emphasized” in the final shot. However while there are fans of this form of photography, its not universally appreciated. The main reason being that if this technique is used aggressively you can create a surreal spectacle, one which sometimes does more damage than good in the hands of individuals without aesthetic regards.
Canon patents new camera technology
Canon is set to change this by making HDR photos nothing more than a click of a button.
Leaving out the complicated post process of having to combine pictures together, Canon recently filed a patent that allows this to be done within the camera at pixel level. Theoretically, this ensures a more realistic shot without the need for “sabotage” by the photographer after.
How does it work?
Canon’s patent allows HDR (high dynamic range) pictures to be captured by taking shots of the same subject at varied exposure levels and then combined by the built-in photo editing software.
Currently, similar technology does exist albeit not at pixel level. The Sony A500 and A550 technically does the same in-camera HDR job but more by a fast chop-method that gives an unpolished result.
Image credit: Photo above by David Little. Taken with a Nikon D300: 9 images stacked with Photomatix.