Get over yourself and go google smartass..this is a PHOTOGRAPHY forum, and the beginners place...no stupid questions....
I don't understand the "google it" atitude at many forums nowadays. This is a photography forum and HDR is a photography topic so what's the problem? I understand that the OP's question is very basic, but rather than tell people to google it, maybe there should be a FAQ sticky that answers these basic photography questions. After all, pretty much every question asked in these forums could've been answered through Google in some way, shape, or form and if they all should've checked there first then there's not much purpose for these forums. Don't take me the wrong way, I'm not trying to jump on you fatsheep. I just don't see why he needs to try to get a photography question answered somewhere else before posting it here?
Tennessee - I would answer your question except I'm a noob to photography myself.
EDIT: I started this reply when there was only one reply. I'm a slow a** typist.
Remember children, there are no stupid questions, only stupid people.Get over yourself and go google smartass..this is a PHOTOGRAPHY forum, and the beginners place...no stupid questions....
That is true but my point was it isn't hard to figure out what it stands for. It's written all over the google results. If you have a more technical question about HDR and how it is applied... that is more what this forum is for. That is harder to find on google and more suited to discussions. What something stands for is about as easy as research gets.
However, I do apologize for the smartypants attitude. I didn't mean to come off like that.
I know exactly what I can find on google, trust me..I understand it more than you think, but this is a photography forum..I'm a beginner, I registered to this forum for a reason and posted the thread in the beginners section...all the rules were followed. If your a moderator, which you're not, but if you were you would have a place to tell me what not to do in this forum.......again.....get over yourself and leave my stupid questions alone...
HDR is basically just taking the same shot at different exposure levels and then combining these shots so that you can get a larger "dynamic range" than the original camera had. You've probably ran into the problem of setting an exposure for the sky and loosing detail in the ground due to underexposure. Then you set the exposure for the ground and the sky is completely white.
I have never used HDR but from what I understand you could just take two images in a situation like this (one exposed for the sky and one for the ground) and then combine them so that the image is properly exposed for both ground and sky. This is more like what the eye would see.
There are several different programs for doing this. It looks like Photomatix is pretty popular and Photoshop has a HDR plugin. I'm not sure what software you use so I didn't include anything that looked too software specific.
Hope that answers your question.