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Lesson 11 from: iPhone Photography & Mobile Photography

Philip Ebiner

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11. HDR Mode


Class Trailer

Course Introduction


Welcome to Class


Why Are Smartphone Cameras Awesome?


The Course Challenge: Capture Your Day in 5 Photos


Camera Basics for Mobile & Smartphone Photography


Intro to Camera Basics




Focal Length


Lesson Info

HDR Mode

What is HDR? And why would you want to have this option turned on now? Not all smartphones will have the option for HDR photography, but if yours does, it comes in handy when you are shooting in a very dynamic range in terms of lighting situation, Sam talked about in this course dynamic range that's basically from the darks and shadows of an image to the brights and the highlights. If a photo or a camera can capture a high dynamic range, it means that it can capture the information in the shadows and in the highlights. If you have been around for a while and have used digital cameras or phone cameras, you'll know that in the past if you were in a situation with a lot of shadows or if it was dark with a bright light, it was hard for your phone to capture a good image. Our eyes have so much power behind them to see into the shadows and into the highlights that cameras are just catching up to and and aren't there yet? That being said, there's a trick called HDR for our phones that allows ...

us to get a more well balanced well exposed image by actually combining multiple images into one. So on an iphone, it's in the camera settings for your phone. I'm sure you can Google HDR setting for whatever your camera model is. It has an auto HDR or a smart HDR option depending on your camera model. And then the other option is to keep the normal photos. So what's actually happening is your P your camera is taking photos at a time and then combining them into one. And by combining those images, it creates a more balanced image. And so if you're worried about saving space on your phone, you might not want to have the keep normal photo on. I would say that you don't really need to keep the normal photos unless you want to be able to go in there and edit each individually. Um If you want or you might want to turn this off if you are taking photos in a situation where you want contrast in your photos, if you want really dark shadows, really bright highlights and that's what you prefer instead of a more well balanced photo. That's when you would want to turn this off. Otherwise for landscapes, for general photography, I would say keep the HDR setting on to get better exposed photos.

Ratings and Reviews


Definitely geared to beginners, but the class has a lot of good information. As an advanced camera photographer still trying to get to know my phone camera better, I learned a few things I didn't know (like you can use portrait mode for selfies, what hyper lapse is and the VSCO app). Nice job!


Good course for everyone starting out and needed to have some more basic info beyond the common snap shot. I had wished for more info on using mobile in the more professional field like when switching from camera to mobile. Additional lenses and flashes and things like that. But this course was obviously not targeted at this. So overall still a nice brush up.


Great class. Well organized and clearly presented. Would be very good for beginners and mid level users. highly recommend.

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