HDR Comparisons

I played around with the new HDR feature on my iPhone yesterday with some mixed results. Ultimately, this comes down to the advantages and disadvantages of the technology, but overall, I’m pretty pleased.

First, HDR is best in high-contrast situations, such as the images here. Pictured is Scrappy, my dachshund, without HDR below, and with above.

Neither image is particularly fantastic, but you can definitely make out more details on the HDR image. Here’s another example, an HDR image of my boy watching the Red Sox game.

And now, without HDR

Ultimately, the difference here to me is in the color, particularly with the television. I took this shot a few different times, and mostly it came down to a washed out screen without HDR, and clear with. There’s still not as dramatic a difference in these two pics, because it’s fairly well lit to begin with.

So what do you do? Since the Camera app takes two sets of pictures, there’s no reason not to take both. Then just take a moment to review and delete the worst image, that way you don’t clog up your iPhone with doubles.

How are your HDR pics turning out?

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.


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