I thought I’d try out the in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode on my 5D Mk III during a recent trip. In this mode, the camera takes three different exposures and blends them together in order to capture a wider range of brightness levels in the scene.
The camera gives you pretty straightforward options, allowing you to choose your desired exposure range (±EV) as well as a processing ‘effect’. Auto alignment is also an option – good for when you’re not using a tripod.
Here are a few test shots. All but the last panorama are straight out of the camera. The view is of Warrumbungle National Park from the top of Siding Spring Observatory.
What I really like is how quickly the camera processes the final image (in just a few seconds). I used to do ‘the HDR thing’ using software like Photomatix Pro and the like, but the novelty soon wore off because I really don’t enjoy post processing. For me, doing it in-camera is much more appealing!