HDR Settings

Setting up your camera for HDR

 The camera settings…

The key factors for setting up your camera…1- read the manual….2-read the manual, 3-read…

Custom Function for HDR on a tripod.

a-Set up a custom white balance, shoot in RAW and use ISO 100 or 200 for Nikon.

b-Set for AV or Aperture Priority. Start w/ f/5.6 or f/8. Exposure: Evaluation Metering (AVG)

c-Set up Auto Bracketing (Canon/Nikon brackets 3 setting Normal 0, +2 over and -2 under) the Canon 1Ds MK3 and Nikon D3x can do 5 brackets-0,+1, +2, -1,and -2. For me 95% of the time the bracketing of 3 settings works. If you are shooting indoors with bright (really blown out) window light and dark (black) shadows then the 5 bracket range would help. There is a work around. (If it is more than 5 stops you may need to bracket 3 or 4 stops manually.

d-Set up for Multiple shots.

e-Set up the above as a Custom Function on your camera. Some cameras have one to three Custom settings.

Here are a few YouTube Videos on how to set up your camera:

Canon Custom functions: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Canon+custom+functions&aq=f

Nikon Custom functions: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nikon+custom+functions&aq=f

Pentax and Sony links (nothing on YouTube yet)

Pentax: http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/K5/K5MODES.HTM

Sony: Click Here

How to shoot HDR: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahqnk-I3zV8

f-Set camera on a sturdy tripod and use a cable release, or timer.

 

Custom Functions for hand held HDR:

 

a-Set up a custom white balance, shoot in sRAW and use ISO 100 (Canon) or 200 for Nikon.

b-Set for AV or Aperture Priority. Start w/ f/5.6 or f/8. Exposure: Evaluation Metering (AVG)

c-Set up Auto Bracketing (Canon/Nikon brackets 3 setting Normal 0, +1 over and -1 under)

d-Set up for Multiple shots.

e-Set up the above as a Custom Function

When hand held is used for HDR make sure your slowest shutter speed is equal to or more than your lens focus.

IE. 100mm focus slowest shutter should be 1/100 or faster to avoid blur. (50mm = 1/50)

*Your first normal shutter speed for 100mm should be 1/200 (1-stop) faster than the -1 EV.

 What you will need: Camera (daaaa) Lens, tripod, cable release and your camera manual (read it first).

 When I shoot HDR I have my camera custom function set up for HDR, I shoot an image for a custom white balance (expo-disc. or grey card) and plop the camera on a tri-pod, hook up the cable release, sometimes I use mirror lock-up, compose the image in the view finder and fire off 3-5 images. After the last image is written to the CF card I check the images on the camera LCD screen.