Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Choosing capture settings, part of Shooting a High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Time-Lapse Video.
I'm going to get this camera rolling. It seems like it's about set, so let's just step in here. HDL looks good. Five shots. Two steps. Let's do one more test exposure. Two, three, four, and five. Remember, the speed changes as the camera stays open longer. But that dynamic range looks pretty good. Now, I can switch on over to timer, and what I'm going to do is put a little bit of an initial delay in, just five seconds.
The advantage of doing that is I can set things down and walk away from the camera so there's no vibration. That looks good. And, what I'm going to do here is turn HDR on. Now, all I need to do is set the number of shots. Alright, let's swipe that through. And, we will do a series of 800. Now, it's probably not going to need all those shots, but I don't want it to under run. I can always stop it before it's done. Alright, that looks good. And let's put a delay between each series of about three seconds.
Now remember, earlier I determined four seconds, but it's going to take a little bit for that HGR series to run and because of that, I'm just going to cut down my interval time just slightly. Always read it over one more time. Initial delay, five seconds. HDR, on. 800 shots, shot delay, three seconds. That's good. I'm in manual focus mode, absolutely critical that you are in manual focus mode. Now, I already checked the focus on the shot. That's really easy. You can flip into auto focus mode and set it.
Lets just be extra paranoid and do that really quick, I'll flip that back over, I can go to live view right here on my tablet, and tap the screen to set the focus point. And for me, the perfect focus point, is the crust there. The nice little ridge on top of the mountain. That's going to be perfect. What I want to do is be able to just keep that in focus as the lighting changes. All right. Now that that's done, very important. Get the heck out of autofocus. What's going to happen while you're shooting is if you are in this mode, it's going to start to change while the lighting changes.
And I'll let you in on a secret. A little illumination lamp is not going to do anything with a mountain range over there. So the camera is just going to sit there confused going back and forth trying to find focus and you're going to miss the shot. All right. Let's get out of live view mode, look it over, everything looks good, press start. It confirms, do you want to start? Hey, it's always good to double check. And it started! Let's set this down. Perfect. And you know what? Since this camera's running and there's not much more I can do with it, I'm going to set up a few additional angles of coverage, because it's a beautiful night.
And let's see what sort of shots we can get.
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- Staging the camera
- Controlling the camera with an intervalometer or smartphone
- Choosing the right interval for HDR
- Shooting JPEG or RAW
- Building a HDR test sequence
- Developing HDR images
- Organizing, assembling, and evaluating the shot in post