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In-camera HDR gets you better results in high contrast lighting – Chris Rutter explains all
How to capture HDR images in camera – handy in high-contrast conditions
In addition to Active D-lighting (see last issue), many Nikons have another way to retain detail in highcontrast images. This is high dynamic range (HDR) imaging. In HDR mode the camera takes two images using different exposure settings. These are then merged to give more detail. There are several strengths available, to cope with subjects with different brightness ranges. There is also an automatic setting, where the camera will analyse the scene and try to select a strength to give the best results.
The HDR option is only available in the ‘creative’ exposure modes, and only when shooting JPEG images, so if the option is greyed-out in the menu or information screen, you need to check both the exposure mode and the file format to allow you to use the HDR settings.