A video short on HDR and bracketing

One of the more popular posts here on the blog has been two that consisted of explanations on how to bracket multiple exposures in camera in order to capture a wider range of exposure values than is typically permitted in a single frame.  Typically, these various exposures are then seamed together in some editor like Photoshop, Photomatix or other that is available to produce an effect called HDR – high dynamic range.  You can get some impressive results with various techniques that appeal to different subjective perspectives.

Here at the blog though, rather than take sides on such post processing methods, it’s more fun to show people how to do things, and then let you all take your own liberties either with the approach or with your processing afterward, or both to get results that appeal to you!  With that in mind, the feedback I’ve received from the previous discussions included a large number of people that asked for visuals of the process (I guess they are all visual learners).

Well, rather than take several dozens of images showing all the various settings and then explaining how I got toeach, a video seemed a more appropriate approach.  So, here’s the video short for those of you that requested visual aids.  It’s not the most professional but you should be able to get the gist.

This would also be a good time to remind everyone that we are in the dwindling days of the Adobe Lightroom contest.  You can win your own free copy of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, courtesy of the folks at Adobe, simply by entering images you’ve taken in May over at the LDP Flickr thread.  Limit two images per person, but there’s still room for many more entries (no limit on the number of PEOPLE that can participate!)  just join the group for free and post your images.  Good luck to all and may the best photo win!  (Final results will be posted in June – I’l send my top ten picks back to Tom Hogarty for final judging when he’ll pick the winner!)

That’s it for today – I should have the podcast up tomorrow, but as always, no promises as my schedule has been fluctuating at work lately.  Happy shooting, and I will be back with more news, information, insights, tips and tricks tomorrow, whether in written or audio form.  Thanks for tuning in and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!

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4 comments for “A video short on HDR and bracketing

  1. Justin
    May 29, 2009 at 8:48 am

    I had read that when bracketing for HDR purposes, you should only alter the shutter speed and not let your aperture change, so that the DOF is not altered between the images you’re about to combine. Have you found that that is not an issue when you’re only using a one-stop bracket?

    Great video and great blog! Just found you through Scott Kelby’s blog the other day, I’ll be back and reading regularly!

  2. May 30, 2009 at 8:40 am

    Justin is right. Always use Av. I have two more tips.

    Shoot in burst mode along with autobraketing. Just hold the shutter release down and it will take all three shots and quit. This is important if you are hand holding.

    When you have your settings the way you want them, save the setup as C1, C2, or C3. That way if you want to shoot HDR, you only have to turn the mode dial and you are set up. I have C3 set up for a two stop bracketing and C2 for 1 stop bracketing. That way I can take a C2 burst, a C3 burst, throw out one of the two middles shots, and have a 5 shot bracket. Too bad Nikon guys are able to do that natively but oh, well.

    As they say on other Podcasts after they completely blast the host, “Love the Show”.

  3. May 30, 2009 at 8:59 am

    One more thing. You quoted Flying with Fish as an example of the Harry Potter look. Are you sure you didn’t mean Stuck in Customs?

    Again, Love the show.

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