What is HDR on iPhone camera?

You may have seen the term HDR on a TV commercial or seen the icon on your iPhone camera. HDR stands for high dynamic range and means photos and images can be rendered to show more detail from high contrast areas.

In other words, HDR can help you take better, more detailed photos, as long as you use it correctly. HDR requires a bit more composition than just pointing and shooting – but by the end of this article you’ll understand what HDR is and how to use it on your iPhone.

What is HDR?

When you take a photo with your iPhone, you usually focus on one area. The camera adjusts exposure to best show details in the area around the focal point, resulting in parts of the image being underexposed or overexposed.

HDR on your iPhone compensates for this by taking multiple photos and then stitching them together. One photo will be overexposed, one will be underexposed, and one will be a balance of the two. Usually, five or more photos will be taken to show all the details in a single photo correctly.

Illustration of HDR

As a general rule, the more photos taken and stitched together, the greater the detail will be. Of course, this requires that the camera be held still and the subject still. Due to the long time taken to take pictures in HDR mode, motion blur is a serious obstacle that is difficult to overcome.

Different photography apps handle HDR differently. However, the iPhone has built-in HDR capabilities. Your iPhone will automatically detect when to use HDR. If you want to disable automatic HDR on your iPhone, you can do so from the settings menu.

Take a look at the two photos below. The top image does not use HDR. While you can see through the window, the blue of the sky is lost due to the light. The image at the bottom uses HDR, which gives better clarity to both highlights and shadows.

Pictures without HDR
Similar images with HDR

When should I use HDR?

It’s best to enable HDR on your iPhone camera when taking landscape and outdoor photos. Harsh sunlight is often difficult to capture due to the way it tends to wash out colors, but HDR can help you capture brilliant photos even in the middle of the day.

If you’re someone who enjoys taking photos during the Golden Hour, HDR will make that evening light more dramatic, especially if you’re shooting in dimly lit areas.

Sunset photo

However, HDR is not the right choice all the time. Moving subjects don’t appear well in HDR due to motion blur, and if you’re trying to capture shadows or create a certain atmosphere with a photo, multiple exposures can spoil the mood you’re trying to get. establish.

For the average person, HDR is a specialized feature. You will only need it at certain times.

How to enable HDR

Open your iPhone camera. At the top of the screen, you’ll see an icon that says HDR. Tap that and you are presented with three options: Automatic, Aboveor Turn off. Given the nature of HDR, it’s best to turn it off unless you intend to use it.

HDR menu

For example, if you want to take a snapshot of something, you don’t want to wait for all the image processing. You can miss. Automatic HDR makes it harder to take those snapshots. Instead, it’s better to find out where the HDR option is and enable it for specific situations when you need it.

You should also be aware that iPhones have a tendency to stitch together photos and delete other photos when the final photo is complete. If you want to keep the non-HDR version of your photo, you’ll need to enable the feature in Setting.

To do this, visit Setting > Camera and scroll down. At the bottom of the list of options, you’ll see two sliders: Auto HDR and Keep the picture normal. Turn these sliders on or off to suit your preferences.

HDR slider

HDR photos tend to be larger than standard photos, so keep that in mind if you have a limited amount of memory on your phone’s drive.

Now that you know HDR on your iPhone camera and how to use it, go out and experiment. It’s a great feature to use in the right situations and can make for some truly Instagram-worthy shots.

Do you use HDR on your iPhone? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below.

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