We all see the colorful HDR photos on the net, increasing the vividness beyond the natural look of things; But that's not how I'm using HDR. Here's what I do:
First, I set my digital SLR camera to bracket 7 different photos. This means shooting:
- +3-stop metered photo
- +2-stop metered photo
- +1-stop metered photo
- A correctly metered photo.
- -1-stop metered photo
- -2-stop metered photo
- -3-stop metered photo
Then, I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC to merge the 7 frames into one. Capturing usable details from every exposure. I know the chandelier isn't exactly a great example, but it will nicely show the highlights and shadows merged into one usable image.. Great for internal architectural photographs.
What's new with Lightroom CC, is it creates a RAW file for the merged result, which makes it great for further enhancements.