Shooting in Auto-bracketing Mode
If you want to take an HDR photo, it is fundamentally important that you capture as much light as possible when you are on the scene with your camera. Setting up your camera in auto-bracketing mode (as I’ll describe in the tutorial in Chapter 5) allows your camera to capture a series of photos. For example, when you take three photos in auto-bracketing mode, you produce three cubes of light placed back to back that contain all the ambient light that existed.
You then have the wonderful job of using those cubes and pulling out the light data that you experienced. Keep in mind that the camera took out a razor-thin slice from that cube. In fact, your camera guessed at what you saw! You can use HDR software and fun tools to help you manipulate all of the ambient light to create a final 2D image that contains the light, contrast, edges, and shapes that can give true depth and meaning to a moment captured in time.