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Create HDR Images With Your Olympus Camera

Here's how you can create HDR images with Olympus cameras.

|  Olympus OM-D E-M1 in Digital Camera Operation
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HDR1 | 1/200 sec | f/5.6 | 12.0 mm | ISO 200

Shooting HDR with Olympus has never been easier. 

The OM-D E-M1, for instance, features in-camera HDR and HDR Preview abilities, allowing you to preview your HDR images through the OM-D E-M1's electronic viewfinder, so you can make any adjustments necessary before you take the shot.  

This in-camera creation of HDR images takes out a lot of the post processing work, and allows you to produce photos that look exactly how they did in the viewfinder. 

If you don't have an OM-D E-M1, you can still produce great looking HDR images with Olympus kit that doesn't have a built in HDR mode. Here's how:
  • A HDR image is created by blending together a number of identical images that are shot at different exposures. 
  • A tripod will be ideal for this, as you'll need to layer the images you take on top of each other, so they need to be identical. Once you've set up, the camera can't be moved.
  • You'll need to use the auto exposure bracketing feature on you camera, set to intervals of around 2 stop difference per image. Three images of two stops exposure difference should do the trick. 
  • Use a dedicated HDR software program, of which there are many available. This will bring the three images together and merge them into one HDR image. You can then tweak the image as necessary to your liking. 
To find out more about the OM-D E-M1 and its built-in HDR feature, take a look at the Olympus website


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