Before even committing to a solid idea I wanted to research the possibility of implementing HDR imaging techniques with stop motion animation. Through a large amount of research and tests I came to the conclusion that trying to capture an animation being shot in a lab with controlled lighting in HDR basically defeats the purpose of capturing a scene that is not possible to correctly exposure for its entire dynamic range. In other words, when you have full control over the lighting, you also have control over your dynamic range. HDR photography works best in situations where it’s nearly impossible to correctly expose for entire scene, such as a sunset due to the extremely bright light of the direct sun and the dark shadows caused by the lowering angle of the sun. Though all my efforts did not go to waste. I learned a tremendous amount about HDR imaging and workflows. Here’s a sample HDR workflow I used, a slideshow demonstrating the HDR processing with an array of software, and a finished HDR time-lapse.
HDR Work Flow
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