Multiple Exposure And Image Type
Next up is multiple exposures, so we head into another sub-menu here. First option is whether we wanna leave this turned off, which is where we're gonna leave it most of the time, or if we wanna use it on shooting one shot at a time, or a series of continuous shots. Perhaps you're gonna have a snowboarder going over a jump, and you wanna continuous series of shots of shooting. You could leave it on the continuous shooting, but most of the time it'll be on function control. And so the idea here is that you're shooting multiple photos and the camera is putting it altogether into one final image and so there's some very creative things that you can do with this. So normally we're gonna leave this disabled, but if you do wanna get into it, there are some sub-controls on how use mix these images together. And so something I wanted to take a closer look at in this class is the way that you blend these images together, because there is Additive where it just adds one exposure on top of anothe...
r. There's Average where the camera basically darkens up the two pictures so that the overall brightness level is the same as it would be if you just took one image. And there is a Bright and Dark priority, which you'll see on how they work. And so in order to do my test, what I started with was a very light background. I have a colored object, a dark object, and a light object, and then I would photograph it on the left, and I would photograph it on the right of the scene, and then I did the same thing again with a dark background to see what these objects would look like with these different blending modes. And so here is the Additive where it's taking two photos, and it's just adding them up and it's becoming very bright because it's, well, it's a longer exposure. The Average gets a little bit better image out of it, but in the bright case, you'll notice that the white cup takes dominance over the black lines in the background. And in this case, the Dark blending options looks the best because the dark object has priority over the white background. And so let's change the background, and you'll see that different Bright blending looks a little bit better in this case 'cause those bright objects have dominance over the dark background. And so looking at a combination of the two of 'em here, you can see what the white background versus the black background and the different blending options that you can have. And so if you do wanna do multiple exposures, you're probably gonna need to do a little bit of experimentation playing around to see what works best with the type of backgrounds that you're shooting. And so having a clean background is one of the big issues in doing multiple exposures in many cases so that you can see that object in front of that clean background. Another example of Average and Additive. And so what I have generally found is that people who are new to doing multiple exposures usually work pretty well with Average 'cause the camera goes in and kind of fixes out those exposure differences when you start adding up exposures. Those who are a little bit more experienced would probably like the Additive because it gives 'em very specific control over how bright that individual image is going to be. You can choose the number of exposures. I think we go between, yup, two and nine exposures here. And you wanna save the original images that you shot this on. One of the nice features about this camera is that you could shoot in raw or you could shoot in JPEG. You can get that combined image, but you can also save the original individual images, and that way you can go back, use another post production program, and try that blending and combining them later on if you want to on your own in the computer program, rather than doing it in camera. And so it gives you the best of both worlds, the original product as well as the finished product. And so I like saving all of those images in case something went awry and I wanna work on it later. And then are you doing this for just one group of images, or are you doing this in a continuous fashion. And so if you are shooting multiple exposures on a multiple exposure binge, you can leave this in continuous, but in many cases, where just shooting this in a one shot situation where we're just doing one group of images to end up with one final image. So that's our multiple exposure sub-menu. So you can turn the top dial and tab on over to the second tab, the shooting tab number two, and we get into the JPEG quality. So there's a sub-menu in here. And this is where you get to go in, and choose the quality of the different sized JPEGs that you are shooting. And so on a scale of one to 10, how much compression do you want in that particular image? And so I decided to throw this through a little test, and so I shot just a simple image and went in to crop it. Wanted to look really closely. I set the quality at one which gives me a very small file size of 890 kilobytes, and then I set it to quality level four, seven and 10, and to be honest with you, I am seeing very little difference between these. In fact, it's very hard to see any difference, and so you may wanna do some of your tests to see that you are getting the optimum size JPEG for your needs. And so chances are you might be able to compress that JPEG, and still have all the information you need, and you'll be able to get more images on a memory card, and save data space in your hard drives, and still get the image that you wanna get. And so normally I think this comes set to number eight, but feel free to play around with that, and see if you can see any difference, because I'm not seeing a lot of difference even with some of those much, much smaller file sizes, but that's gonna depend a little bit on the types of subjects you're shooting, and how you're using your images. Image type and size, and so this is one of the most important settings in the menu setting. This is where you get to choose whether to shoot raw, JPEG or both. And so if you turn the top dial, that will adjust you between your raw, your medium raw, and your small raw, which will be different megapixel sizes, and then if you turn the back dial, you can shoot large, medium one, medium two size, and your small JPEGs. And so normally with a camera of this price range, I would think that everyone is going to shoot in a raw format, but I realize there's a lot of sports photographers and people who don't need full raw for everything that they shoot, and in order for them to shoot a little bit quicker, and use up less data, they are shooting in JPEG size, and so you will be the best judge of that.