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High Dynamic Range Photography – Learn How to Shoot HDR Photography

In this section, you’ll Learn How to Shoot HDR Photography! When HDR first came out, it looked a lot like colored pencil art, and quickly got a bad rap. Today’s Natural Looking High Dynamic Range Photography or HDR Photography is very useful when you have High Contrast images with very bright highlights and very dark areas, but you want the resulting image to be equally balanced between the lightest and darkest areas. When shooting HDR RAW Files, you’ll have to Manually Bracket the multiple shots (take 3 or 5 shots at different exposures).

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Aurora HDR Photograhy – Standard vs. HDR

How to Shoot Natural Looking HDR Photography with Aurora HDR and Luminar Flex

High Dynamic Range or HDR Photography produces Greater Dynamic Range over Standard Photography. RAW HDR Photography is ideal for High Contrast Photos, such as Sunsets, Sunrises and Landscape Photography. Meta has started bracketing most of her high contrast shots (3 bracketed shots), for possible later HDR processing.

(Photo: Left) The Standard Photo on the Left Side is underexposed, but the HDR Photograph on the Right Side is the result of combining 5 bracketed images, shot at 1.0EV apart. The results are dramatic!

Bracketing during RAW HDR Photography requires absolutely no movement of the camera between the multiple shots! Always shoot RAW HDR Bracketing on a Tripod using a Remote Shutter Release. You can shoot HDR Brackets handheld, and correct for any slight camera movements in Aurora HDR, but if you have a Tripod, use it!

Meta’s Sony a77 II Camera can process HDR internally, in about 2 seconds, but only in JPEG Mode. If you shoot in RAW, you’ll need to shoot HDR using 3 or 5 Bracketed Shots, then do the RAW Post Production using Aurora HDR. This takes longer to do, but the final results are more controllable and artistically adjustable in the Aurora HDR Post Processing Software.

When setup to shoot in Bracket Mode, you will see 3 or 5 arrows in the viewfinder, instead of the usual 1 arrow. For the correct exposure, line up the center arrow at 0.

Meta uses Aurora HDR for her RAW HDR Post Processing. Meta shoots in RAW using 3 or 5 Continuous Bracketed shots, 1.0EV apart (-2.0, -1.0, 0, +1.0, + 2.0). If you want to use only 3 shots, you can uncheck the -1.0 and +1.0 shots before Post Processing in Aurora HDR.

Sony Digital Camera Setup For RAW HDR Bracketing – Take 5 Shots 1.0EV Apart

MENU –> Camera 1 –> Quality–> RAW
MENU –> Camera 2 –> Drive Mode–> Cont. Bracketing 1.0EV 3 or 5 Images
MENU –> Camera 5 –> Metering Mode–> Spot
MENU –> Gear 5 –> Bracket Order–> - > 0 > + (Dark, Standard, Light). This setep is optional, but highly recommended, because it makes it much easier to locate the entire set of 3 or 5 on the SD Card, which will all start with the darkerest image first.

HDR Bracketing using 5 Shots – Use a Tripod with a Remote Shutter Release – Do Not Use a Flash

1) Using a Remote Shutter Release take 3 or 5 Continuous Bracketed Shots.

2) Manually combine the RAW Images into one HDR Image using Aurora HDR.

3) If you need to make any image corrections, such as removing sensor dust or lens flair, you can use Luminar Flex as a plugin in Aurora HDR.

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