Canon® EOS 6D Mark II Fast Start

Lesson 17/29 - Multiple Exposure & HDR Menu


Canon® EOS 6D Mark II Fast Start


Lesson Info

Multiple Exposure & HDR Menu

You can shoot multiple exposures in camera. Previously people would shoot multiple pictures and then combine them in Photoshop, but if you want to do it in the field which allows you to see what those results are right when you're out there shooting, you can now do it in the camera. So obviously this is something that you would not normally leave turned on, but you can use for special occasions. During the recent eclipse here in the United States, I used it to do a seven shot series of the eclipse, and I had each one exactly timed out as far as the timing and the exposure of it, so I was able to get it an camera, seven shot, multiple exposure, and like I say, it's not something that happens every day, but it's the type of thing that you can occasionally play around with to get a very creative result. Multiple exposure control. So there's two different options here, Additive or Average, because when you take multiple exposures you can have that exposure information adding up or you can ...

have the camera average it out for you. Depends on how much you know about what you're doing. It depends also on the background of the subject, and the color of it, as well as the subject, and so I did a test with a variety of subjects in front of a light background and a dark background using the Additive approach, it adds the exposure up and makes everything very, very light, and with Average, it kind of averages the brightness out, and it's gonna have a different look on blacks and whites, and so, if you're gonna be doing multiple exposures, you may want to play around a little bit. If you know exactly what you're doing, and you're calculating each and every one of your exposures, like I did for the eclipse, I want it in Additive so that each exposure is exactly where I want it to be. For somebody who's just wanting to play around with multiple exposure, you might want to try Average, you'll get decent exposures with a little less effort. You can also choose the number of exposures in here, gonna be somewhere between two and nine, and then continue multiple exposure, are you shooting continuously or are you shooting it once and then gonna be done with it, and so it just depends on how much you're shooting multiple exposures at that time. So normally, as I said, gonna leave that one disabled. The HDR Mode stands for High Dynamic Range, and this is where the camera will shoot multiple exposures at different exposures, multiple pictures at different exposures, and we'll combine those to get a final photograph. Now, it can do this at one, two, or three stops of EV change between the photos; the bigger the range, the more it's gonna effect. If you'll notice that one area in the yellow circle, what it's essentially doing is it's resurrecting those bright pixels, and so by setting it to a very strong 3 EV, it's capturing images at three different EV levels to put back in to one final image, and so, if you do a lot of HD stuff, it's probably gonna be in the two and three EV range that you end up using in this case. Normally though, you would leave the HDR disabled because you have to shoot multiple photos to get one photo, so you have to be very careful about your subject matter. You can choose an Effect. There is a Natural effect that you can have, or you can have the camera go in and tweak it for artistic reasons, and so here's your Standard JPEG, your Natural HDR with 3EV stops, and then we have an Art Standard, which has bolder colors, Art vivid with even more bold, saturated colors, and then Art bold, even more, and then embossed, which has a look unto itself, and so, multiple different options within the HDR. So this is in the creative artistic options of the camera, and so you may want to give that a try out if you want your images to have a little bit different look under tricky lighting conditions, it's where it can be most helpful. Continuous HDR, are you shooting one series of HDR, or are you gonna be shooting this every single time and where it stays in this mode on a regular basis? Auto Image Align, so the question is here, are you on a tripod or are you handling the camera? With Auto Image Align, what it does is it slightly crops your image, which I don't really like, but if your handheld, it will then align the HDR images so you don't need a tripod, which can be very handy. So if you're on a tripod, you'd want to disable this. If you're doing it handheld, than you would leave it on Enable.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But trying to understand the manual can be a frustrating experience. Get the most out of your new Canon EOS 6D Mark II with this complete step-by-step walk-through of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this Fast Start class, you’ll learn:

  • Utilize the 6D Mark II's feature set for Vlogging
  • Customize the deep menu to fit your specific needs

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Nikon D7500’s settings to work for your style of photography.


a Creativelive Student

Always enjoy all of John's classes, but especially this one since I've decided to upgrade from my previous 6D. Awesome camera and this one is so much quieter than the older one. Thank you for explaining things in terms and ways that are easy to understand!


This course covers the controls and menu features of the EOS 6D Mark II in extremely comprehensive yet understandable detail. John Greengo is a polished presenter with a very real depth of knowledge which he manages to put over in ways that mere amateurs can comprehend. I would thoroughly recommend this class to anyone who already owns or is about to purchase a 6D Mark II. I purchased the class during the first 15 minute break after only watching one quarter of the full presentation.