How to Take Great HDR Photos From Your iPhone?

HDR example landscape

HDR stands for high dynamic ranging. It refers to the technique of taking photos that include both the bright and dark elements of a photo.

When taking normal photos, you focus on a particular point. But in case, of HDR, the camera takes the whole scene as it is.

This mode enables you to capture as much detail as possible.

There is an inbuilt option for HDR in iPhone camera app. But there is room for development. That’s where other HDR camera apps come to play.

The popular of the good HDR dedicated apps are TrueHDR and ProHDR X. Both are the paid apps. Let me take TrueHDR for the sake of this tutorial.

Basically, what these Camera apps do is that they take two photos separately. Then combine the best aspects of both them to produce great HDR photo.

You may have noticed that, in you focus on the dark side of the image, the whole image becomes lighter, and when you focus on the bright side, the whole image becomes lighter.

If you want to get details of bright elements of images, it is suggested not to focus on dark elements, as it would completely brighten the key element.

These camera apps, ask you to take two photos, one focusing the dark side of the image, and another the light side. Then the two photos, are combined to get great details for the entire photo.

In this tutorial, I’ll be using TrueHDR.

Don’t shake the iPhone while taking HDR. It’s important that you should not shake your device while taking HDR. Or else it would mess up your photos. Always choose HDR mode when the subject is still. Consider using a tripod, or use both your hands while taking HDR photos.

Good HDR Photos

When you install this app on your device, this presents you several modes of capture like Automatic, semi-automatic and manual. It also has the option to select the two images, that are identical.



I prefer semi-automatic mode, as it saves time for me and also is great to use.

Now tap on the light area followed by the dark area on the viewfinder. Now click capture. Now the app takes two photos in a row. Make sure to keep the device still in the process.

After this, click on merge. It takes 2-3 seconds to merge the images  and produce the final result.

As per my test, the HDR image quality produced by this app beats the HDR image quality produced by the Camera app.

In order to make the photo more appealing, I suggest you installing SnapSeed photo editor by Google. it’s the best photo editor right now.

In it, select your photo, and increase the details, sharpness, contrast, brightness, so on.

There’s a dedicated option for HDR.

It enables you to apply realistic HDR filter effect to your photo. It is shown in the below screenshot.

Snapseed HDRFor the above image, the HDR people mode seemed more appropriate. You can slide your finger horizontally to adjust the HDR filter strength.

The above photo is taken at night time in low light incandescent without flash. I suggest you avoid using flash whenever possible, as it would unnecessarily add high exposure to parts of the image and reduce details

As with any photography, editing matters a lot. Taking photos is like creating a skeleton, editing is like adding flesh to it.

As I’m again telling not shaking the device while taking HDR photos matters a lot.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial on taking good HDR photos with your iPhone device.

How to Take Great HDR Photos From Your iPhone?
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