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EV Bracketing w/D80

Michael P , Jul 17, 2007; 10:49 p.m.

Hello everyone,

I would like to compose high dynamic range (HDR) images with my Nikon D80 and understand that this will require me to capture three images with incremental EV values (e.g., -2, -1, 0, +1, +2). The aperture must remain the same so as not to alter the depth of field. This is easy enough to accomplish; I need only switch the camera to aperture priority. But, as far the actual bracketing goes, is there a way to program the camera so that it will, with one push of the shudder release, capture five consecutive shots? It would be greatly appreciated if someone could walk me through this start-to-finish, because I'm pretty confused at this point.

--Michael

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Dieter Schaefer , Jul 17, 2007; 11:30 p.m.

If the D80 behaves identical to my D200 then you can achieve what you want by shotting in continuous mode; in single mode, you will have to press the shutter button five times for your example above. Your manual will tell you how to set continuous mode on your camera.

Paul Stewart , Jul 18, 2007; 03:43 a.m.

Just shoot using NEF format. Then you can take that single picture - change the exposure and save the individual exposures as jpg before re-combining them.

Sam Thompson , Jul 18, 2007; 04:36 a.m.

You need to set your camera to continuous mode and also press the shutter down until it has finished the three shots.

I think the D80 only does 3 shot auto bracketing if you want five shots. Then you would set auto bracketing to +1. Shoot your three. So now you have your -1,0,+1, set exposure compensation to +3, then you will get +2,+3,+4 then set compensation to -2. So now you have -2,3,-4, so in the end you have 9 pictures over a 9 ev value. -4,-3,-2,-1,0,+1,+2,+3,+4 you can pick your five pictures or three to do your hdr.

Michael P , Jul 18, 2007; 05:25 a.m.

Thanks for all your input, guys. Actually, Paul has the magic bullet: shoot in RAW format, then adjust the EV from there. This works exceedingly well. See here: http://neinlives.net/images/ck1hdr.jpg

Sam Thompson , Jul 18, 2007; 07:36 a.m.

It depends on what kind of images you want to get. If you want a picture to take advantage of a huge dynamic range. To get dynamic range of 10-11 stops you need to bracket. One raw image won't be enough.

Mark Evans , Jul 18, 2007; 10:08 a.m.

ok I will try to answer you precisely. With the D80 you can only take 3 consecutive shots. You can bracket these of course. I would suggest 0ev and -2ev and +2 ev. To set this in your camera do the following. hold the small bracket button. (left hand side as you use the camera. just under the flash release button) at the same time turn the rear scroll wheel one click to the right. On your top screen you will see 3f. Still holding the bkt button turn the front scroll wheel all the way to the right untill your screen now says 2.0.

on the top of your camera now press the shutter mode button (right hand side above AF button)untill you see the continuous shooting icon at the top right of your screen.

Set to appature priority and you are away. Just keep your finger on the shutter and you will take 3 shots with different exposures.

Hope this is what you needed

Paul Stewart , Jul 18, 2007; 10:21 a.m.

Sam - you could use three raw images and then separately adjust these on a PC in order top get a wide range.

Using the RAW (NEF) image has the advantage in that if you can take just 1 photo then you are guaranteed that all three images will be identical.

Dieter Schaefer , Jul 18, 2007; 03:30 p.m.

If you plan on using PS to process your three RAW shots into one HDR image, you will need three separate images; PS won't do it otherwise. Just adjusting exposure in post-processing is not enough IMHO, it will limit you in the dynamic range.

Sam Thompson , Jul 18, 2007; 09:14 p.m.

Paul, you can't get more dynamic range out of one raw file. Only way to get more range is to shoot at different EV values.

That being said you probably won't notice a big difference between 3 jpegs at -1,0,1, and one raw file, but you will notice a difference between one raw file and five jpegs or raw shots at -4,-2,0,+2,+4.

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