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buffumjr

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buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013
Thu 05-Sep-13 01:32 AM

How do I get my d5100 to go into HDR mode? I have checked the camera menu, and no matter what I set the dial to, it says the casmera cannot at its current state? What sequence of steps do I need to do?

MEMcD

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#1. "RE: d5100 and HDR Mode" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Thu 05-Sep-13 03:13 AM | edited Thu 05-Sep-13 03:18 AM by MEMcD

Hi John,

Check page 76 in the www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/dslr/D5100RM_EN.pdf|D5100 Reference Manual>

Best Regards,
Marty

Lolrogge

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#2. "RE: d5100 and HDR Mode" | In response to Reply # 0

Lolrogge Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Apr 2012
Thu 05-Sep-13 03:23 AM

Set Quality to JPEG. Set HDR on in Shooting menu. Then set Release Mode to Continuous. You will get a two exposure HDR.

HDR will clear after exposure. If you want another HDR image, you must go back to Shooting menu and turn HDR to on.

Laverne

buffumjr

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#3. "RE: d5100 and HDR Mode" | In response to Reply # 2

buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013
Thu 05-Sep-13 11:52 AM

Thanx. I was using the User Guide, and it was silent on HDR. Will use the reference manual.

Only 2 images. JPEG. Hmmmm. Well, no use complaining. I bought what I bought, and now I'll learn to use it. Not going to trade off. I look to own this for a long time.

Does Nikon issue software upgrades to cameras? 3 images and NEF would be nice.

OH! Can you "fake" HDR with a good tripod, and post software, like Photomatrix? I know with that you can have the software sync your pictures based on features found.

Leonard62

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#4. "RE: d5100 and HDR Mode" | In response to Reply # 3

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Thu 05-Sep-13 12:36 PM | edited Thu 05-Sep-13 01:05 PM by Leonard62

Nikon releases firmware upgrades frequently to all their camera bodies but don't expect the HDR feature to change. Even the expensive D4 and D800 use jpg and two images only.

Your "fake" HDR is the way most good HDR photos are taken. You use a tripod, multiple bracketing exposures and software. I don't take HDR photos very often but when I do I use the HDR Pro feature found in Tools in Adobe Bridge CS6. I normally merge 5 images. I have yet to try Photomatix but believe it is a very good and probably the best HDR program.

While the D5100 will only bracket 3 exposures that is quite sufficient for good HDR photos.

Len

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buffumjr

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#5. "RE: d5100 and HDR Mode" | In response to Reply # 4

buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013
Thu 05-Sep-13 05:57 PM

Besides Photomatrix, what are some other HDR softwares?

I know, from attending a demo, the Photomatrix is good for buildings and rock formations. What are the others' strengths?

Leonard62

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#6. "RE: d5100 and HDR Mode" | In response to Reply # 5

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Fri 06-Sep-13 01:20 PM

>Besides Photomatrix, what are some other HDR softwares?
>
>I know, from attending a demo, the Photomatrix is good for
>buildings and rock formations. What are the others'
>strengths?

Here is a large gallery of HDR photos from the Photomatix site.

http://www.hdrsoft.com/gallery/index.php

Besides the gallery explore the whole site to see just how powerful the program can be and how you can vary the look of your HDR photos.

Len


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buffumjr

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buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013
Sat 07-Sep-13 12:00 AM

Exploring a "controversy" about Photomatix. It's the 32 bit issue. On my editing PC, I have a 64 bit Athlon, but a 32 bit OS (XP Home). Some resources say it will run on XP, some say it needs 64 bit. The jury is still out.

May have to upgrade to Vista. Ugh.

Still exploring the HDR Labs links. Reading Camera and Lens by Ansel Adams, and doing exercises in CNC on Mastercam 9. Busy busy.

Ansel Adams was a cool guy. A real head for art. Believed most of the work was before snapping the picture. What a concept.

buffumjr

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#8. "RE: d5100 and HDR Mode" | In response to Reply # 7

buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013
Sat 07-Sep-13 12:07 PM | edited Sat 07-Sep-13 12:09 PM by buffumjr

Any suggestion as to which HDRLabs linked software would be good to start with?

Reading Adams is slow. He packs so much meaning into every sentence, you have to stop and think. And the mental math these guys did in the days before cameras with computers inside. His stuff was mostly manual. He talked of 10" lenses, and 4"x6" 8"x10" cameras. Cameras with bellows. His framing practice was using a black card with a cutout, and moving it around, closer and farther, to see what the camera would. I'm going to make me one of those.

His most valuable discussions are on composition, the whys you leave out or include, camera angles, over and under exposing for effect.

Camera and Lens first published in 1948, the year I was born.

And he didn't have Photoshop.

But we have HDR. He'd be excited, and dive right in and learn it.

Thanks to Photomatix Support, I'm downloading the 32 bit demo package tonight, and trying it. Then, tomorrow, I'll brave the 105° heat and go get me some HDR photos to work with.

I'm sure my first efforts will be laughable, but improvement comes with practice.

Then, I'll download one of HDR Labs' offerings.

Best to keep the sampling small, so I can learn the menus. That will give me Elements 10, Photomatix, ViewNX 2, Photoshop 5.0, and Micrografx Picture Publisher. Enuff awready! G.A.S. as applies to software!

Leonard62

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#9. "RE: d5100 and HDR Mode" | In response to Reply # 8

Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Writer Ribbon awarded for his contributions to the Nikonians Resources articles library Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009
Sat 07-Sep-13 03:29 PM

Since Photomatix Essentials and Pro are stand alone programs I don't see a need to link them to anything to start with.

I purchased Essentials yesterday and have been playing with some of my previous bracketed photos. I also found the results on a single photo using the tone mapped presets can give you some interesting results. Here's an example.

Here is a straight photo taken with a Nikon AIS 15mm lens.

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And the same photo tone mapped with one of Photomatix presets.
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It can be a fun program.

Len


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buffumjr

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#10. "RE: d5100 and HDR Mode" | In response to Reply # 9

buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013
Sat 07-Sep-13 08:14 PM

Loading tonight.

Now, to go play with a 50 year old electronic circuit. (Bzzzzzt! and a wisp of blue smoke)

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