If you understand the difference between using a JPG file and a HDR/EXR file for an HDRI, then you already understand clipping 🙂
“Clipping” is when the brightest part of an HDRI is “cut off”, or “burnt out”.
This is usually seen on light sources, like the sun or a bright lamp, and is the result of the HDRI photographer not using a dark enough exposure to capture the light completely.
If you’re an HDRI photographer and you want to learn how to avoid clipping,
read this article next (coming soon!).