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In-cam­era HDR gets you bet­ter re­sults in high con­trast light­ing – Chris Rut­ter ex­plains all

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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.

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