HDR on Nikon D4s and smartphones

HDRMy new Nikon D4s also has an HDR  (high dynamic range) option.  It offers a few more options than the auto HDR typical now on smartphones.

I’m a big fan of using the auto HDR  mode on my Moto X smartphone, particularly when the time to tone and tweet is minimal.

On the phone I can shut it off, or auto sense a situation needing it. It’s pretty good on auto.

These often cropped 10 mp 4320 x 2432 pixel photos from my phone wind up in the daily ydr.com workflow more than you would think.

Great for snow, harsh sun, back lit faces, harsh reflections – HDR basically takes several photos at different exposures and sandwiches them together smoothing out the transitions. 

You can only shoot HDR on the D4s with jpg and tiff. It is not available shooting raw images or video. You have to shut off HDR to move back into raw, if that is what you shoot. If you shoot jpeg or tiff, than it’s an easier transition

  • HDR2Choose how far a range you want from 1-3 stops
  • “Smoothing” adjusts the transitions between high and low contrast in the image
  • Processing is almost instantaneous, but this isn’t a multiple exposure operation on the fly.

This isn’t an automatic setting and takes some user input with each exposure. And you are starting with a manipulated jpg so probably not a use for a high quality images.

Maybe something to add to the arsenal of tools for a crazy sunset exposure moment, or a day when the snow is just blazing away.


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