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HDR HELP PLEASE

puma
Posted 10/09/2010 - 22:45 Link
Hello every one what’s the best way or how do you get the best results on using the HDR mode on the pentax KX and K7 or do I go full manual? or do I stick to the HDR mode as strong on the camera can you help I know you can lol
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aliengrove
Posted 11/09/2010 - 06:36 Link
When i first got my K7, I played around with the in-camera HDR, but I have to say I did not persevere for long. I found quite a lot of fringing around high contrast edges, and, being a jpeg file, there's not much you can do about it in Photoshop without degrading the image. You also have no input to how the image will look after processing-it's just a case of pressing the button and seing what comes out. It did work a bit better at the weakest setting, but I have got much better results by taking bracketed RAW files and using Photomatix, where you can adjust the final image before it's processed. The in-camera HDR is a nice gimmick, but not much more than that. Saying that, it can sometimes give quite pleasing results with low contrast scenes.

When shooting for HDR, I tend to use five bracketed exposures one stop apart with the camera set to take the five shots on one press of the shutter. I then process it in Photomatix. The final picture being a 16-bit TIFF, there's also more latitude for tweaking the picture afterwards if I still am not happy with it.
puma
Posted 11/09/2010 - 07:56 Link
thanks aliengrove that does help thanks again
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viewfinder
Posted 19/09/2010 - 14:11 Link
There are loads of sites and info on the web although some of it looks horrible to my mind!...here is a reasonably good site;

http://captainkimo.com/hdr-how-to-guide
alfpics
Posted 19/09/2010 - 14:33 Link
Thanks for the link viewfinder!
Andy
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johnriley
Posted 19/09/2010 - 14:48 Link
I usually combine 7 exposures using Photomatix, but HDR is something that doesn't really suit many images IMHO. If it's overdone it can quickly get OTT.
Best regards, John

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