Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating an in-camera HDR, part of Shooting a High-Dynamic Range (HDR) Time-Lapse Video.
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HDR has gained in popularity. So, a lot of cameras these days are shipping in-camera HDR tools. Now, of course, a lot of cameras do exposure bracketing, but more and more you have the ability to actually create in HDR in the camera. Now, I generally don't feel that these HDRs are as good as post processing but as a way to check if the scene is going to work, if this is a good place to do an HDR. I could run in in-camera HDR and this is going to simulate the dynamic range.
I like to use these in-camera effects so I can really get a good idea if this scene is going to work as an HDR shot. If it looks pretty good, I'm going to assume it looks that much better when I apply my post production magic. Alright. Most cameras will have a bracketing button. Maybe this is in the menu. I have got a dedicated button on top of my E-M1 here and I am just going to change the mode. This one has two in-camera HDRs. So, lets try the first one out. Took four shots. Merged them, and it looks good. I really like the details of the rock being lifted out.
With the shadows over there, it's often easy for rocks to become a bit featureless. So, HDR helps with that. Let's try the next method. And we'll fire this off. Does the in-camera merge. And it looks good. Both of these are running a bit hot, but that's just an indicator that the scene has an incredible dynamic range. And, if you look at the scene, it really, really does. What we've got going on here is a bright blown-out sky from the late afternoon and we've got all sorts of rocks with different shadows, highlights coming through there across the water.
This is a tough scene. So, I think these in-camera HDRs are looking pretty good. Let's go on to shooting an actual HDR and we'll set up the bracketing for what I think the scene needs.
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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