A discovery

I almost always shoot in raw and have experimented with HDR processing on the computer.  I’ve never really like the results I got.  It always looked too artificial and the developers seemed to create a look I didn’t like.  I played with sliders and parameters and decided it wasn’t worth the effort and continued to use Capture NX2 for my post processing of raw files.

The other day I made a discovery.  I had noticed that there was a menu item for HDR shooting but it was always greyed out as unavailable due to some other parameter I had set.  The messages were never very clear on exactly what was wrong.  The other day I discovered that you can’t shoot in-camera HDR with raw output set.

So, I went to jpeg fine only and the Raw shooting suddenly became available.  I tried it out and was very pleased with the results.  Instead of the harsh, almost garish results I was getting out of software I suddenly had exactly what I wanted, an image that looked like it was nicely exposed in both light and shadow areas.

My first experiment was straight out the back door to a house that was backlit with bright clouds in the sky.

HDR1_1924     HDR2_1925

I was really impressed so I went to the local history park where I knew there was another problematic lighting situation.  Here, I had a frame of branches casting shadows and intermediate area of bright sunshine with a house and foliage in the background.

HDR3_1929     HDR4_1930

This worked exactly as I wanted too!

My camera is definitely smarter than I thought it was and a better post-processor too.


About birds n' bugs

Retired, living in SW Florida and spending my time at nature photography in my local area. I volunteer with a couple of local organizations to help my adopted home town. Travelling is now by airplane and car instead of a sailboat but happy anyway.
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