Tonight I am going to start going over how I take and process HDR images. Tonight I will mostly discuss camera setup and settings and over the next couple of nights will discuss how I use Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix, Oloneo, Nik, and Topaz.
To start out with, I am currently shooting with a Canon 40D. 90% of the time when I am shooting for HDR I will be using a tripod. The exception is in a museum or someplace that tripods are forbidden. When handholding I will drop the iso down to 400 which is about as low as I trust on my camera although that does increase noise. On the tripod I always shoot at iso 100. For HDR I am basically in aperature priority all the time with an aperature of F8-16, usually F8. I have my camera set to use the 2 second timer and to autobracket at 0, -2, and +2. Using the timer with the 2 second delay all I have to do is hit the shutter button once and the camera will take all three pictures. In extreme lighting situations such as inside/outside shots or bright lights at night I will also take a -4 exposure.
Tonight’s photo is from the West End Overlook in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[facebook]