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HDR and a reluctant user!

Bluefin

Danville, US
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Bluefin Registered since 14th Nov 2006
Fri 20-Jul-12 04:06 PM

I'm off on a 6 week trip next month to Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Banff and Jasper. For me it will be a trip of a lifetime(?). You never know if you will get the chance to go back.

Anyway, I have always shied away from HDR for a number of reasons. However, knowing I'm about to embark of a landscape photographer's orgasmic, extravaganza, (appropriate description?), I'm sure I will come across situations where the in camera HDR option might be helpful.

I studied Thom's description and have started to experiment. Pretty easy to set up. My guess is ideal process in the field would be to take single shots w/out HDR as a baseline and then dial in HDR. Might be cumbersome to do this every time the light changes, but if it adds to/saves/enhances the image knowing you might never get the chance to re shoot it, I probably need to become proficient in it's capabilities.

Sooooooo, for all you HDR experts out there, what do you think of the two image HDR capability in the D800? Does it excel for highlights, shadows, both? What should someone with absolutely zero HDR experience look for? My guess is that it compresses the histogram so is that a place to start on the non HDR image?

Or should I just ignore the D800's capability and consider Post Processing HDR?

As I use it and experiment with it, your advice will be greatly appreciated.

Mark Sloane
Danville, CA

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