How To Use In-Camera HDR

By now, you should be familiar with how and when you should be taking HDR photos. It’s a great way to preserve a lot of the information in a scene’s highlights and shadows, and can come in handy more often than you’d think.

We have also mentioned what programs can be used to merge photos into an HDR image. Programs like Aurora HDR (www.aurorahdr.com) and Photoshop can be used for the purpose. However, most people don’t realize that their cameras might have the ability to shoot HDR photos automatically.

 

In-Camera HDR is Easy

First of all, you need to know if your camera supports creating HDR images by itself or not. If it does, you’re in luck. Simply choose the HDR mode, set the parameters like the number of brackets to be shot, and click the shutter to get an almost instant HDR photo. It is important to actually know when you should use this function, however.

HDR photos are best for landscape or architectural shots where there are extreme highlights and extreme shadows in your scene. This especially helps when your subject is backlit. Also, keep in mind that you’ll need to keep your camera very steady to use the in-camera HDR functionality to make sure that your photos are overlapped with one another perfectly.

In-Camera vs. Off-Camera

While HDRs taken directly inside the camera are great and can really help when you’re in a pinch, creating them with a dedicated software on your computer is obviously going to prove much more effective if you want the best possible detail and quality. That is because, in a dedicated HDR editor, you can tweak the images exactly how you want them and showcase various details just as you want them.

Despite that, it’s always handy to have an HDR functionality baked right into your camera for those quick shots that you simply don’t have the time to process later on.

Why a Remote Shutter is a Good Idea

Many new photographers find themselves confused about what accessories they should get for their cameras. Some of these accessories, like flashes and tripods, are more popular amongst new photographers than many others.

Today, we will see how an often ignored camera accessory, the remote shutter release, can help you in many sticky situations.

It Helps Stabilize Your Photos

Even if you use a tripod, pressing the shutter button with your finger can cause the camera to shake just enough to ruin your photo. While it is possible to put your camera on timer mode to avoid this shake, it is much easier to just use a remote shutter release for getting that tack sharp focus.

It Helps in Long Exposures

Other than allowing you to reduce camera shake, a remote shutter release will also let you take long exposure photos at night. The reason why it is considered essential for really long exposures is that it allows you to use your camera in Bulb Mode, which lets you keep the camera’s shutter open for as long as you want for those breathtaking star trails.

It Helps with HDRs

If you want to create HDR photos, then taking three sharp images of the same scene at different exposures is very important. A shutter release comes in handy in such a situation by letting you minimize camera shake.

If you would like some more information about HDR photography, head on to www.aurorahdr.com.

It Helps with Wildlife Shots

You can’t sit behind your camera all the time when photographing wildlife. Whether it is a rabbit that can easily get scared away or a lion that can literally shred you to pieces, having a remote shutter release will help you get the much-needed distance from your subject while taking their photo.

 

So if you are planning to use your new camera for anything mentioned in this short guide, be sure to invest in a good remote shutter release so you don’t have to make compromises in the field.

When and How to Shoot HDR

Having a good amount of dynamic range in your photos is very important, especially in the case of outdoor shots like landscapes or architecture. If your photos lack the necessary dynamic range, they may either be too bright to the point where the sky appears white or too dark where you lose all the details from the shadows.

This is why it can be very helpful to shoot HDR photos instead of normal ones. HDR, or High Dynamic Range, photos are a combination of two or more photos of the same scene but at different exposure settings. Merging these multiple exposures ensures that the final image you get has all the necessary details. You can visit aurorahdr.com to see how this works in more detail.

How to Shoot HDR

Making HDR photos is very simple. As mentioned, all you have to do is expose your photos for different parts of the image. For example, if you are shooting a portrait on a bright day in an urban setting you should take at least three exposures. One of these should be exposed to capture the details of the subject’s face. Another one should capture the details of the sky, and a last one should get the details of the surroundings. When you merge all three of these images in post processing, you’ll see that the resulting image is well exposed all around.

 

So you see how easy it is to make HDR images in a matter of minutes. You don’t need high end equipment for such images. All you have to do is be mindful of whether the scene you are shooting requires to be shot in HDR mode or not.