Just posted: Evo VIII (High Horsepower and High Dynamic Range)
- 22 September 2011 by CaryTheLabelGuy 0 Comments
HDR photography is one of my favorite things in the photography world. My 620AWHP satin black EVO VIII is a ton of fun to shoot in HDR with our D7000s and makes a perfect example of what HDR photography is. HDR Post production can be very challenging, but pays HUGE dividends once carefully carried out.
You must use a camera with an exposure bracket function, which allows the camera to take a fast burst of 3 or more shots, each one at a different exposure. Most high-end DSLRs will allow you to specify how many shots are taken in the bracket and at what exposure intervals. I typically will do three shots with an exposure bracket of +/- 2EV. This gives tremendous Dynamic Range(DR) when using a DR king like the Nikon D7000(+/- 2EV is about 18 stops of DR on the D7000). I use Capture NX2 to edit levels and convert the RAW files to .TIFF format, then I de-noise each shot very carefully (especially the under-exposed shot), then use Photomatix Pro v4 to merge the shots. I then import the merged HDR into Photoshop and use my favorite plug-ins and techniques to bring the shot to where I want it. This takes lots of patience, as each merged HDR is totally different and takes on a different life. Once I’m done editing in PS, I’ll save a .PSD file for later and convert the file to 8-bit and then Save As .JPEG for internet distribution.
As you can see, the D7000 is the Dynamic Range KING! As a matter of fact, for HDRs we always employ the D7000, due to it’s insane 14 stops of Dynamic Range @ Base ISO of 100(at 0 EV).
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