What is this type of photography called?

Where the colours are digitally manipulated to be more vibrant?

I google “colour enhanced photos” or “digitally enhanced photos” and I don’t come up with quiet this effect these guys achieve, is there a specific name for this type of photography/manipulation?


The technique is called adjusting color saturation. I don’t know if there’s a specific name for pictures that have had their saturation increased.

this is “high dynamic range” photography (HDR). It’s achieved by taking multiple exposures at different ISO or shutter settings and the combining them in one image.

the hdr japan website has tutorials and lots of stunning examples

Wow :), thanks Coremelt that’s what I was looking for.

I wonder if I can pull that off :dubious:

See also Bad HDR for examples of what not to do.

I knew the answer to this would be “HDR” before I even opened the thread. Too bad I got beaten to the punch. But yeah, those are HDR.

Its not that difficult, you just need a camera that do auto exposure bracketing, a tripod and some software. There’s a bunch of them, but I use PhotoMatix Pro which is available for both Windows and Mac.

HDR (by Duran Duran) is all the rage in my photo mags (online and real paper) this year. I’ve been trying it out. It’s really a blast!

Yeah, HDR is not that difficult to do. You don’t even need a tripod if you have a program like Photoshop which has auto-align tools that will accurately line up your hand-held exposures for you. The basic idea, simply, is to expose a shot exposed for the highlights, one for the shadows, and one for the midtones, (or even more, but -2 EV, 0 EV, and +2 EV compensation is a good starting point) into one picture and compress the dynamic range, so you have a lot more details in the deep shadows and highlights than you normally would.

Now, in my opinion, the more exaggerated forms of HDR are very gimmicky looking, especially the third example in the OP. That said, there are photographers like Dave Hill who use aggressive HDR in a stylistic manner that works.

Still, it’s fun to play around with, and you can use HDR in non-obvious ways to coax details out of deep shadows and clouds. I occasionally use it myself, but in a very understated manner.

Well I have been playing around with hdr a little and it’s awesome, photomatix really makes it almost effortless, you can really make stunning shots with minimal labour/processing.

But you have got to shoot in RAW, jpeg just doesn’t stand a chance.

This was a nice new step after light graffiti and panorama’s, a lot less work too.

I shoot everything raw, but you can do HDR with JPEGs well, too. RAW gives you more flexibility, and you can eke out a little more dynamic range with it with fewer exposures. Before Adobe Lightroom had built-in dodge and burn tools which worked on the raw data (rather than the converted bitmaps), I would often do a pseudo-HDR for photos with a lot of dynamic range in them. I would export an image exposure compensated for the highlights, one for the shadows, and one normal, and then combine them in Photoshop, using the highlight layer as my “burn” layer, and my shadow layer as my “dodge” layer.

That said, if you shoot three JPEGs the same way, with consistent white balancing between the three (or even more exposures), you can do the same thing quite effectively with JPEGs. In fact, that is how I would originally do it before I started shooting raw exclusively. Normally, for me, it was an issue of eking out sky detail, so I would shoot one exposure for the subject, one for the sky, and combine the two in Photoshop, layering the images and using the sky exposure to bring out detail there in the same sort of way you would burn in the darkroom.

Take a look at this HDR awesomeness: http://photonbelt.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/enterprise-hdr.jpeg

I have been trying to get this painting look in photomatix, I’m not really getting it, maybe I should look to photoshop.