Taking the HDR Photograph by Evan Sharboneau
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This Quick HDR Tutorial reveals how to get a stunning HDR Image.
Step 1: Put your camera on a tripod.
HDR images are ideal when they have been taken on a tripod. If you can hold your camera really steady, then youcould theoretically take the bracketed set of images without a tripod, but Ialways advise against this because the results are less than perfect.
Step 2: Put your camera in Aperture Priority mode.
Because we are taking 2 or more photographs and then combining them, the images must remain consistent in terms of focus and aperture. Also, put your ISO down to as low as it can go (ISO 200 or lower) and put your white balance to something other than Auto.
Step 3: Manual Focus. Focus as you would normally then turn off automatic focusing in order to ensure that the lens doesn’t try to focus on something else when you’re taking the other exposures. I’ve found that this usually works fine with auto-focus left on, but if you are a perfectionist, switching over to manual is ideal.
Step 3: Take the bracketed set of photos. In order to take a set of bracketed photos, please refer to your cameras manual, or Google the term “auto bracketing” and then “your camera model” (example: auto bracketing D50) and you will find your answer.
Not all cameras are capable of bracketing photos. If this is the case for you, you will need to manually take a bracketed set of images by adjusting the shutter speed. Every camera is different, so I can’t advise on this part. Some cameras have buttons that allow you to bracket your images, and some cameras only allow it through the menu. You can take as much or as little images as you want. A standard quick HDR photo consists of one photograph that is 2 stops underexposed, one photograph that is perfectly exposed, and one photograph that is overexposed by 2 stops. This makes a bracketed set of (-2, 0, +2). You can even take more if you wish,like a (-4, -3, -2, -1, 0, +1, +2, +3, +4) or a (-4, -2, 0, +2, +4), but not all cameras can automatically take that many, so you may need to do it manually by adjusting the shutter speed for each individual exposure you take.Note: Pushing down on the shutter button causes minor camera-shake. In order to get around this camera-shake issue and get images that are truly tack sharp, use a cable release, or better yet, a wireless remote with mirror lock-up on (if your camera has that feature).
You can, alternatively, just take a single RAW photo without taking a bracketed set of images. I would only do this when there are moving subjects (people, animals, cars, etc.) in your composition because moving subjects can’t be recorded properly across three separate frames. Ifyou do end up taking a bracketed set of images and there are moving subjects in it, there are ghosting removal tools available in both CS5 and Photomatix.
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