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    northerner
    11 Feb 2013 - 10:46 PM

    Hello everyone and looking forward to using the forum.

    I have a shiny new D5200 and for some reason, I can't get the HDR mode to work - it's a brand new camera, but the HDR mode in the menu is greyed out no matter what setting I have it on - jpeg, raw, etc, or manual, A, S or M.

    Not that I particularly want to use it, I would take bracketed shots and use photomatix to process them, it's just a bit annoying!

    Anyone able to point me in the right direction? The manual isn't much use.

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    KNS
    KNS  5106 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    11 Feb 2013 - 11:35 PM

    P,A,S or M Modes,

    Shoot jpg

    Check ADL bracketing - should enable

    northerner
    12 Feb 2013 - 10:23 AM

    Bingo. It was the ADL that was the problem. Many thanks!!!!!

    Now if it will only stop raining.........

    KNS
    KNS  5106 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    12 Feb 2013 - 11:36 AM

    You're welcome Smile

    FredDee
    FredDee  152 forum posts United Kingdom
    22 Jun 2013 - 11:52 AM

    Northerner,
    Did you ever get your HDR to 'switch on' ?
    I have same prob and in spite of setting S mode, jpeg normal, and enabling ADL,
    HDR still remains 'greyed out'.
    Any further info would be much appreciated.
    Fred

    northerner
    22 Jun 2013 - 6:29 PM

    Hi Fred.

    Yes - to get it use jpeg and aperture priority - single shot mode, ADL and it should work. I don't think the results are up to much, to be honest though. Far better to use AEB to your taste and shoot in RAW, then process in PS or photomatix, etc. That's my experience so far, anyway.

    Gundog
    Gundog  1624 forum posts Scotland
    22 Jun 2013 - 7:56 PM


    Quote: Hi Fred.

    Yes - to get it use jpeg and aperture priority - single shot mode, ADL and it should work. I don't think the results are up to much, to be honest though. Far better to use AEB to your taste and shoot in RAW, then process in PS or photomatix, etc. That's my experience so far, anyway.

    Have to agree with Northerner. In-camera HDR is a poor substitute for the real thing (not least because it only works in Jpeg). Even in my D800 it is pure sh*te.

    The answer is to shoot bracketed sequences in Raw and blend in a decent proprietary software solution. My favourite is Nik's HDR EfexPro2.

    FredDee
    FredDee  152 forum posts United Kingdom
    26 Jun 2013 - 11:19 AM

    Thanks for the help and comments guys...
    I got it to work in the end, and you are right Gundog..... It's pure sh*te !!!! Wink

    I am now bracketing, shooting RAW, converting to DNG, and then HDR processing in PS5.
    I couldn't find a Camera Raw update for CS5 that included the D5200, so I
    went for the Adobe DNG converter prog. which solved the Camera Raw not seeing
    my .NEF files problem.

    Fred

    northerner
    26 Jun 2013 - 1:53 PM

    Just out of interest, I convert my files using the bundled viewnx software rather than Adobe DNG, just find it quicker and easier plus you can preview them and do some basic processing using it.

    lemontart
    lemontart  154 forum posts United Kingdom
    28 Jul 2013 - 7:02 AM

    here is a video tutorial for bracketing on d5200

    Video

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