HDR or HDRn’t: Is the debate purely about creative intent?

Do technology limitations shape artistic intent or do they constrain it?

This is a question that becomes increasingly relevant as film and TV production moves towards HDR (high dynamic range) imaging. HDR offers brighter highlights, darker shadows, more contrast and overall a more realistic representation of light. This also means that creators have more freedom in how they use light, without worrying about clipped highlights or details lost in the shadows.

What happens when converting legacy, SDR (standard dynamic range) content to HDR though?

Should restricted highlights and limited brightness be considered an expression of creative intent or an imposed limitation?

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Fred Pieau

Opinion paper by Tania Pouli, deputy manager, Advanced Media Content lab.