Multiple Exposure & HDR Menus
You can shoot multiple exposures with this camera, so let's take a look in the sub menu with this one. So first off, you can choose to either shoot a series of photos or a single photo. And so if you just wanna do one double exposure photo for instance, you would set it to On (single photo). You would then choose the number of shots that you wanna include in that particular photo. In most cases it's probably just gonna be two, but you can get very, very elaborate in shooting multiple exposures to get one particular shot. There is also an Overlay mode as to how these images are blended together. Are they added up? Are they averaged? And so these are some of the options that you'll have in here. And so what I did, is I used a light background with some objects in the foreground, and then I wanted to shoot it with a black background, with objects in the foreground. And you'll see that there is a notable difference between adding the exposures up, where it becomes a little bit brighter tha...
n average, and where the camera will try to average them out. And the way it looks with lighten and darken is, is where it's going to give priority either to the light subjects, or the dark subjects. So which one of these is best totally depends on the color of your subject, and the color of the background and what you're trying to do. So you may need to do some experimentation in here, to see which one works best for you in any particular scenario. And so typically I like Additive, so that I can just set my exposures independently, and I can control the brightness of each individual one. If you want it set up for kind of an easy system, you'd probably set it to Average, and that's pretty good for most situations. The Bright and Dark will really depend on how bright and how dark your background is. So I used this multiple exposure technique for an eclipse, and I shot a seven shot series that I combined that is all one shot, but it was done with seven firings of the camera in a manual Additive way. So there's a lot of very creative fun stuff that you can do with multiple exposure. If you want, you also have the option of keeping all the individual exposures so that if something goes wrong in the field, you can take those individual files, and you can put them into some sort of image editing program to work with it in multiple layers later on. And so this way, you not only get the final image, but all the working images that went into it. Normally of course, multiple exposures will be left off. High dynamic range is a way of taking multiple photos to accommodate for a very wide range of brightness. So in this sub menu, first option is turning this on. You can do it for just a single photo, or some people are shooting HDR for a whole series of photos. And so you can first choose if it's just a single shot, or a group of shots, and then you can choose the strength. How much HDR effect do you want in any particular photograph? And so I set up a challenging light situation in the studio, and I was trying to see how much it would lighten the shadows in this particular case with the various different settings. And you can see as we crank up the HDR, what it's doing is it's basically raising the brightness of the dark area in the frame. It's also lowering the brightness of the white area, if you notice along the top of the frame as well. And so it's compressing the histogram you might say, compressing the file so it's less dynamic range. And so this is something that you wanna be very careful about using. This is something you use very, very selectively. The interval timer shooting allows you to shoot a series of photographs that you would then later use some sort of program, a video program perhaps, to compress into a final video. And so what we're going to be doing here, is we're going to be ending up with a final video that might look a little like this. This is from Mount Hood area in Oregon. I was using a slider so that the camera was moving across the ice as I shot this. Took about a half an hour to shoot. And so here's where you get to set the details, and you'll be able to choose all these different factors, in these items that we're gonna talk about. First up, when do you want it to start? Perhaps you want it to start right now, you can also go in and set a particular start time if you wanted to start at a certain time of day. You'll then need to choose the interval between the shots. This is usually somewhere between one second and one minute. It all depends on what you want the final video to look like, and what sort of movement and changes there, between one shot and the next. And then there is the total number of shots, and you need to think about what size of file you want, how long a video you want. If you want 10 seconds of standard video, you're gonna need 300 frames. If you want more than that, you're gonna have to set in a much higher number. The exposure smoothing is something that you can choose from here, and what it does is as the light changes, you can have the camera automatically adjust for those changes, so that it's a little bit smoother. If you're just getting started on Time lapse, you might wanna turn this on. If you're shooting a more manual Time lapse, where you're really gonna be going back in and controlling a lot of the features, and adjustments of the images, you may not like the way that the camera is automatically adjusting exposure on you. You may wanna have it on a fixed exposure the entire time. And so some people might like this, some people won't.