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Kool_Kat 15 166 United Kingdom
7 May 2011 1:14PM
Can anyone explain how to set my D300s to take HDR shots please

Thank you Kat
sherlob Plus
15 3.2k 131 United Kingdom
7 May 2011 1:28PM
Hi Kat,

I don't know your camera, but usually you need 3rd party software to process HDR (e.g. photmatix). In camera you would take a serise of images from exactly the same position (i.e. use a tripod) using a range of exposures (altering shutter speed and not aperture to keep a consistant depth of field). Some users simply set their cameras to take bracketted exposures to adjust the exposure automatically - is this what you mean?


Kool_Kat 15 166 United Kingdom
7 May 2011 1:45PM
That Helps
thank you
Ewanneil 11 1.1k 2 Scotland
7 May 2011 2:06PM
You need to do a few things to set your camera up:- Read Pages 120-132 of your user's manual.

In addition, for HDR photography make sure that the White Balance setting is not on Automatic. This will remove any chance of variations between shots and switch off Active D Lighting for the same reason.

Good luck

Kool_Kat 15 166 United Kingdom
7 May 2011 2:29PM
Thank you too will look into that
Niknut Plus
11 3.1k 82 United Kingdom
7 May 2011 4:14PM
Another method to try, & I do it all the time.....shoot your image in RAW mode !

Then Adobe Camera Raw, create 2 or more separate images varying the exposure for each (say 1 for the sky area, & a second for the foreground-in a landscape for eg.), then blend the images
together using 'Layers' & different 'Blend Modes' to acheive your desired's easy, & quite straightforward, & it works !

Hope this helps....Nn.
7 May 2011 10:28PM
The RAW method is actually the best way to process for HDR that doesn't look like a colouring in competition entry. It has the added advantage that nothing moves when you have only a single image. The disadvantage, Niknut, is that not everyone has CS5. Not everyone uses Adobe, apparently. Although I understand that there are plenty of RAW processing options available as alternatives.
chris.maddock 20 3.7k United Kingdom
7 May 2011 10:34PM
The only snag there is that multiple processing of a single RAW image to create the source images is not HDR Tongue
Niknut Plus
11 3.1k 82 United Kingdom
8 May 2011 4:11PM
Hi Robert-M,
I process my RAW images in Adobe PS Elements....I wish I had CS5, but it's way beyond my pocket money, & quite frankly I couldn't justify it, with perhaps 75% of it's facilities I'd never use !
I can understand a 'pro' using this programme, or a graphic-designer.....but I know PSE inside-out, & it does everything I can throw at it.......

My methods may not be 'hard-core' HDR......more 'Extended DR' ?....but I try to create images that are realistic & believable, rather than an image that looks too 'comic-book' for my tastes.

But we've all got different tastes with any image, & I wouldn't say HDR is wrong, it's just not for me.....& only Kool-Kat knows how far he wants to take it.......

Lastly, multiple images adjusted in Camera Raw, is no different to taking multiple shots in the camera......hard HDR images can be created in PSE, I've tried it in the past, I just don't like the effect !!!!!!.Wink
chris.maddock 20 3.7k United Kingdom
8 May 2011 4:19PM

Quote:Lastly, multiple images adjusted in Camera Raw, is no different to taking multiple shots in the camera

Oh yes it is - a shot correctly exposed for the shadows is far better than one exposed for the midtones and converted to pull the shadows up, likewise one correctly exposed for the highlights is better than one for the modtones converted to pull the highlights down.
Niknut Plus
11 3.1k 82 United Kingdom
8 May 2011 8:08PM
Hmmmmmm....strange that ?.....I never expose for the mid-tones !
RogBrown 14 3.1k 10 England
8 May 2011 9:26PM
Believe me, if you're in say a cathedral & take one exposure for the mid-tones, you will have blown-out windows & no amount of juggling around with the RAW file will get the detail back. You HAVE to do multiple exposures.

Quote:rather than an image that looks too 'comic-book' for my tastes

This is purely & simply the result of incompetent processing. With a correctly processed HDR, you shouldn't be able to tell the difference. If I weren't so modest I'd say check out my pf - it's almost all hdr. Also check out DaveU's pf.
Just Jas Plus
19 26.4k 1 England
8 May 2011 11:29PM

Quote:... you will have blown-out windows....

Could be pretty drafty in that case, Rog! WinkWinkWink

(You're quite right though, of course, Rog!).
Kool_Kat 15 166 United Kingdom
15 May 2011 3:16PM
Thank you I have now got it sorted

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