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HDR Photography Cameras Features And Specifications!
You can do HDR photography with any camera, but certain features and specifications are very valuable to HDR photography, and some may say they are must have features and specifications.
These valuable features and specifications will help you capture and create awesome HDR images. You could live without them as long as you can take some quality photos, but it will be more time consuming and more difficult to capture and create great HDR images.
So below you can read all about these valuable must have HDR camera features and specs, and if you have more must have specs, let us know with the contact form below, and we will add it to the list. Thanks, Bob
HDR Photography Cameras Features And Specifications
1) The ability to set the camera to aperture priority or manual.
This is very important in HDR photography to create great HDR photos. The aperture for each bracketed photo should be the same, so the depth-of-field(focus) is the same for all the photos. If you have different aperture settings, then the focus will probably be different for each photo, so when they are combined together, it might make the HDR photo more blurry than it should be. A good aperture to start with is about F8 or smaller so more things are in focus, but it depends on what depth-of-field you want.
2) The ability to automatically capture bracketed photos.
This is also very important in HDR photography to create great HDR photos. To get the best HDR images, you need 2-6 (3 is most common) or more bracketed images at different exposures. This is to capture enough images so that every area of the scene is perfectly exposed, not too dark and not too bright. If your camera can't auto bracket at least 3 exposures, then you will have to do them manually, which will take more time, and may cause the camera to move between exposures, resulting in less sharp HDR final images.
3) The ability to shoot continuous photos.
This is more important if you shoot handheld HDR photos, because then you only have to hit the shutter once and your camera will take all three or more exposures continuously. If your camera can't do that, then you will have to hit the shutter 3 or more times, which will cause more camera shake, and less sharp final HDR images.
4) The ability to shoot HDR images in RAW format.
RAW format is the highest quality setting for your cameras digital photos, so shooting in RAW will produce the highest quality HDR images. Shooting at your cameras highest quality setting will produce sharper, more detailed HDR photos, and reduce the negative side effect of digital noise in your final HDR photos.
5) Low digital noise.
Digital noise can be a big problem in HDR photos. The less noise that your camera produces the better, so set the ISO low and if possible buy a camera that produces the least amount of digital noise. I see all the time now, camera makers are advertising "improved noise reduction", so if you can, go and check and test them out at a camera store, and buy a low noise digital camera if you can afford it and are in need of a newer camera.
6) Manual focus or One-shot focus.
It is important to make sure your camera is focused on the same spot for all 3 or more bracketed photos. If your camera is set to continuous focus, the focus point might change between exposures. If it focuses on something in the distance for one photo and then something in the foreground for another, the sharpness of your HDR photo won't be very good. It is smart to manual focus or auto focus and then before taking the photos, change it to manual focus so the focus doesn't accidentally change while the 3 or more bracketed photos are being taken.
7) A fast digital camera.
A fast digital camera, like one that can take 5 FPS(frames per second) or more can really help your HDR photography. If there are moving objects in your HDR images, the quicker your camera can take the bracketed exposures, the less movement there will be in your hdr images, which helps reduce ghosting moving objects effects. It also helps for handheld shots to limit camera movements.
8) Camera histogram graph.
A hdr camera with a histogram graph can be very useful for your HDR photography. Many people don't know how to use their cameras histogram graph to help them take photos. By using your cameras histogram graph you can tell if the scene is good for HDR photography. If the average exposure for a scene shows high spikes on the far left or right of the histogram graph, then you are losing detail in the shadows or the highlights. If the spike is on the left, that means you are losing detail in the shadows. If the spike is on the right, that means you are losing detail in the highlights. This should make for a good HDR photo, because you can then bracket exposures to get a good balance of peaks across the whole histogram and get details in the highlights and shadows.