Capturing Unique Shots in Drayton Cellar

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Historic Drayton Hall in Charleston, South Carolina has some dramatic rooms designed for photography. In this video, professional shooter Tony Sweet photographs the building’s shadowy cellar stairs in HDR. He shoots three static exposures in available light to capture the complete dynamic range for merging into a single file in editing.

With a 14mm lens, Tony also photographs the basement door, using five different, full-stop exposures to adjust for exterior sunlight and interior shadows. The sky is gray, the door white, and the ceiling pitch black. The HDR technique solves the lighting contrast problem, and the finished image captures the full tonal range.


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