Welcome to week two of Two Tip Tuesday, where every Tuesday I share two quick tips. One photography tip and one decorating tip. I share them LIVE on Instagram every Tuesday at 1pm ET. For those not on IG, I will post them in Tuesday’s blog post. Last week’s tips explained HDR and the best way to test paint colors.
What is HDR?
Ever wonder what that little HDR symbol means on the top of your camera screen? It stands for HIGH DYNAMIC RANGE. In simple terms, HDR is the ratio of light to dark in a photo. When you turn on HDR it works to compress the highlights and shadows in the photo so that the darks are not as dark and the brights are not as bright. In other words, the photo becomes less contrasty.
Once HDR is turned on, the camera takes three quick images exposing for both the lights and darks. The three images are then stitched together to produce one HDR image.
HDR works best when the lighting situation is high contrast, such as on a sunny day. With HDR turned on, the final image should have more detail in both the shadow area and the highlight area.
The image below was taken on a bright sunny day without HDR turned on. The resulting image shows a loss of detail in the white fence as well as the shadow areas.
Standing in the exact same location, a second image was then taken with HDR turned on.
Look carefully at the fence, the shadow on the grass and the trees in the background. Although it is slight, with HDR turned on, there is more detail in the leaves, grass and the fence.
Since three images are taken instead of the usual one, HDR works best when there is plenty of surrounding light. In low light there is a risk of photo blur when HDR is used.
Best way to test new wall color
The tip for testing out paint for a new wall color is to NEVER paint the test color directly on the wall. Repeat… NEVER paint the new color directly on the wall. Look at the photo below. There is absolutely NO WAY this homeowner can pick the correct color for their walls.
In the photo below, the colors are not only affected by the existing peach wall color, but are affected by each other. The final result is a hot mess with multiple colors screaming, “PICK ME, PICK ME!“
The proper way to test colors is to paint each color on a piece of foam core. Move the boards around to see how the color looks next to existing furnishings in the room. Look at the color in the morning and also in the evening. Place the color behind the drapes, next to the carpet and behind the sofa.
Movable boards will make your decision much easier once you can see how each color relates to something in the room rather than another color on the wall.
To read a blog explaining in more detail, check out this post Testing Wall Color 101.
The photo below shows the proper way to test color.
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