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HDR made simple: iPhone 4S

November 25, 2011

Getting that perfect image has never been easier as far as technology is concerned and the iPhone 4s keeps that momentum going. The capabilities of Apple’s new iPhone are numerous but the HDR feature is one I wanted to highlight here by showing you a clear result of an image with and without the HDR effect.

Here is the image without HDR processing:

Here is the HDR version as developed by the iPhone 4S:

Clearly the blown highlights in the clouds have been corrected and the color of the buildings on the right are truer to reality. Is the image perfect? Certainly not, but it is one that is very pleasing to the eye and can meet just about everyones needs. It also did not take any post processing whatsoever which in my book is a great advantage.

To activate the HDR effect, in the Camera app go under options and turn it on. In the iPhone Settings under Photos there is also an option to keep the “Normal” photo. Now taking an photo will result in the two images being captured, one normally processed and one with HDR processing. ( In fact, Derrick Story has an Maximum HDR technique that you may want to review to further potentially improve your images.)

For me, I use the HDR images as is since I’m looking to quicken my turn around time. For now I am saving both images just in case I want to use the “normal” image, but so far that has not happened!