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?
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.
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.
Sat 07-Sep-13 01:07 PM | edited Sat 07-Sep-13 01:09 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!
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.
And the same photo tone mapped with one of Photomatix presets.