What does HDR mean anyway?
If you like my photos, but have no clue what I’m talking about when I refer to HDR photography, you might be better served by taking a moment to read the basics of High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography from the informative online resource Vanilla Days.
To summarize, High Dynamic Range is a digital photographic process where multiple RAW images are taken at varying exposure settings. Typically, HDR images require three separate images. This is usually in the form of one bright shot, one dark shot, and one normally exposed capture. By taking these images and processing them together, your digital photos receive a greater light range, which is better able to represent our own eye’s light range (cameras light range at a single exposure is limited relative to our eyes). This makes for spectacular landscapes, clearer night photos, and all forms of wacky, abstract, and artistic effects.