I love working with the High Dynamic Range (HDR) technique. I recognized the power of the technique when I was first introduced to it in 2008.

I integrated HDR into my professional workflow as soon as I developed a functional degree of skill and have been working with the technique almost daily, on both professional and personal projects ever since. In fact barely a handful of the images I have created since December 2008 have not been HDR, several of my HDR images have been published, one of my HDR images was featured on the cover of Gentry Design Summer 2011.

Residential Library, RKI Interior Design
The HDR technique gives a photographer the ability to show incredible amounts of detail in both shadow and highlight areas, more detail than ever before possible without the use of supplemental lighting, and this is where so many people go wrong Showing detail is not the purpose of photography, especially not when photographing architecture and interior design.

In my opinion what any photographer using HDR needs to do is to create carefully crafted images that captures the concept and emotional context of their subject, that communicates the feelings of the artist and their impressions of the subject, attempting to evoke a visceral emotional reaction about the idea behind the image rather than display every possible detail in painful, often surrealistic clarity. I like to keep the words of Mies Van Der Rohe in mind whenever I create a photograph “Less is more” what is not seen is just as important as what is.

Over the past three and a half years, having invested thousands of hours learning to use the software and how to capture images for HDR I can create images that contain remarkable detail while controlling the representation of the spaces or scenes I photograph with a degree of finesse that can only be achieved through practice and dedication.
AuthorDean Birinyi