Dynamic Range

The dynamic range of a camera sensor is defined by the limits of luminance range of the sensor. In other words, it’s the exposure range a sensor can capture before loosing pixel information. If you have a high contrast image (very bright and very dark areas in your photo) like this example, the sensor doesn’t have the dynamic range to capture the full luminance range which results in blown out highlights and blacked out shadows.

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To capture the complete dynamic range, photographers will use HDR (high dynamic range) techniques.

March 15, 2015

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