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This is my first attempt at in-camera HDR with my K-5. The bottom left quarter of the image was in much brighter light than the remainder. HDR was set to maximum.

This is taken straight from the camera (re-sized), the exposure looks a bit 'over' to me but I wasn't sure how to meter it.

K-5, DA 17-70.
01/04/2013 - 23:46johnha
CategoryLandscape / Travel
Shutter Speed1/45
Focal Length17mm


Link Posted 02/04/2013 - 00:07
Really interesting and colourful the composition.

Never tried the in-camera HDR function on my K5 but comparing to post processing in PS I might have expected a little more definition especially in the stone wall behind the figures but if slightly over exposed that could soften the effect.

Can only suggest spot metering various points in a scene such as this ...then bracket around the average reading...if still over exposing just tweak the exposure compensation dial.

All the same ...a lovely image!
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Link Posted 02/04/2013 - 00:37
I've since added a non-HDR version of the same shot (shot an hour earlier in the day). It was shot handheld, so I'd expect some loss of definition from any movement between captures (and/or the 'auto align' operation I selected).

If I'd have had more time I'd have taken some spot meter readings but by the time I'd re-set the camera from RAW+, I could only grab a quick shot.
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Link Posted 02/04/2013 - 10:59
better off bracketing 5 exposures then merge in ps, or one exposure, meter for the highlights and pull the shadows back in ps
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Link Posted 02/04/2013 - 11:44
Hmmm ...strangely I prefer this version as I find the contrast between shadows & sunlight too great on the other version.
I'm not certain the in-camera HDR is that easy to use in the field especially when trying to view your results on the rear LCD especially in bright sunshine.

Perhaps try a very slight touch of Gamma correction in Photoshop to reduce burn-out in the foreground gravel...or simply run the image through HDR in Photoshop & adjust Gamma there along with the other HDR adjustments.

Maybe the answer is just to concentrate on correct exposure in the field ...check your histogram in the rear LCD and just do the HDR post processing in PS when you get home?

Hope this helps.

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