Overprocessed HDR

By Matthew Bamberg / May 15, 2013
Overprocessed HDR occurs most often when you opt for the Grunge mode

HDR photography ranges from very realistic photos where the shadows and highlights keep more of their detail thorough subtle juxtapositions of a number of photos, each taken at different exposures.

When HDR photos are merged automatically with a few mouse clicks in Photoshop or Photomatix, it can look like a miracle has been created–bountiful color, multiple-dimensions and stark contrast seemingly sparkle within the frame. But some feel that the resulting photo is overprocessed, no matter how good it looks.

Many photographers and others in the business feel that HDR is simply overprocessing photographs, costing the medium its integrity, producing fake-looking images that are to a traditional photograph as a plastic cup is to a wine glass.

Now it’s time for you to decide by casting a vote below:

Does HDR processing compromise the stature of photography as art?
  
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About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).