HDR Wednesday’s : HDR Camera Settings and Fall Foliage HDR Images
October 27, 2010
Last Wednesday I gave a short introduction to HDR, today’s post is about Camera Settings, how to set your to capture HDR Photos.
Basically, what we need to do is set our camera to take multiple exposure and this is done with the camera’s auto bracketing feature. This feature is available on all DSLRs and all you have to do is enable it. (Please refer to your camera manufacturers user’s manual on how to enable the auto bracketing feature for your camera.)
Let’s use the photo above as an example:
- Set your camera on a tripod.
- Shoot in RAW if possible.
- Set your ISO to 100, or 200 depending in your situation, as much as possible use the lowest ISO possible.
- Set your camera to aperture priority mode. First set it to F8 depending on your situation.
- Turn on Auto Bracketing, in Canon, you should see something like AEB, that’s the one you are looking for.
- Most DSLR cameras are limited to 3 auto bracketed shots, first we will take 1 set with 3 photos, this will do for now, later on, you can experiment and take 3 sets which will be compose of 9 photos.
- I’m assuming you have read your manual on how to enable the auto bracketing feature of your camera, set it to bracket on 2 F-Stops -2, 0, 2.
- Lastly set your cameras auto timer, you can also use your camera’s remote shutter release cable if you have one.
- Press the shutter. Now you have 3 photos of different exposures.
To use 9 photos on one HDR image, just repeat the process 3 times, using different set of apertures. The photo above was taken using apertures F/8, F/11, F/13 and my AEB was set to -2,0,+2. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try all the settings you can think of, you can take your camera to the extremes, and in the end, you’ll be surprised with the results.
Next week. HDR Software.
The sample photos I used in this post was just taken recently, I wanted to see how fall foliage will look on HDR, and frankly speaking I was really surprised if not amazed with the result. I love it.