Time Travel at The Alcázar of Seville, Spain

Gardens of Alcazar, Seville, Spain

Such an amazing place could be the opportunity to explore HDR photography. There are a lot of online tutorials on how to achieve beautiful effects in High Dynamic Range. It is important, however, to take home great shots to process.


1. Camera: we recommend a camera that can perform Automatic Exposure Bracketing, or a camera with manual exposure settings. (Refer to the camera manual to determine how to set the automatic exposure bracketing or manual exposure for your camera).
2. Tripod: it is strongly recommended a solid, well-made tripod. It is important that the camera remains stationary for all the exposures.
3. Remote or cable release: a remote control or a cable release can prevent the camera from moving by pressing the shutter button. (This is an optional feature).

How to shoot HDR photos:

1. Mount the camera on a tripod. The best results are obtained if the camera is steady and does not move during the exposure series.

2. Set up your camera:
a. Disable manual settings, such as white balance, flash, auto focus etc…
b. Where possible, set the camera in the Auto Exposure Bracketing mode (AEB):
i. Adjust the number of exposures in the series.
ii. Typically a series of 3 exposures(-2, 0, +2) is sufficient.
iii. Another common approach is to took 5 exposures spaced by a stop (-2, -1, 0, +1, +2).

c. Try shooting in Aperture Priority mode. This mode ensures that the depth of field remains consistent throughout the entire exposure series.
d. Activates the continuous shooting mode for a faster recovery.
e. Set the ISO as low as possible to prevent interference.

3. Shots: Choose a scene with extreme variations in light level (highlights and shadows). These are the situations where the HDR technique is more advantageous. The most common scenes are: landscape photographs, architectural structures, night scenes and interiors.