Handheld HDR shooting

I get quite a few questions about hand holding the camera for HDR images. And how is it possible to shoot more than 3 exposures while hand holding etc.. The trick is using a high end professional camera like the Nikon D3 or Canon 1D mark III or IV. These cameras are capable of very high frame per second rates and are also capable of bracketing 5, 7 or 9 exposures etc.. unlike the cheaper entry level or pro-sumer bodies. Combine a very fast 10 frames per second with 5 auto bracketed exposures and you can get some very nice dynamic range which you otherwise might not be able to get unless mounted on a tripod.

This shot of our companies Aquagrace chapel at Zanpa was shot with the Nikon D3 and 5 auto bracket exposures. Camera was set to Aperture model and f4 at ISO 400 and high speed continuous shooting mode.
Another trick that helps is to stabilize yourself by squatting down and resting your elbows on your knees to keep the camera as still as possible for the duration of the 5 exposures.

Post processing was done in Photomatix Pro and finished in Lightroom 3 with the Nik Color Efex Pro plug-in suit.


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