When you’re out photographing your surroundings, and you don’t have a plan (which is always fun) you have to ‘wing it’ at times. This winter I spent a day outside wondering around and captured this random brick in the snow. I wasn’t planning on creating a HDR photograph during this small photowalk. I just wanted to take pictures.
When you come upon a scene that is so bright and so colorful that you want to create a HDR, but you have no cables, there is a simple solution. In fact, I sometimes do this on purpose just to get myself into the extremely creative mindset.
Steps to a completely manual HDR
- Put your camera on manual
- Put your camera on self-timer (2 seconds is enough)
- Frame, focus and get your main exposure
- Leave your aperture wherever it is
- Shoot, then adjust your shutter speed by 1 or 2 stops longer depending on what you want
- Adjust your shutter speed by 1 or 2 stops shorter depending on what you want
- Check your histogram after each shot to make sure you got what you need/want
The key is that self timer. The 2 second timer delay will reduce any shake that you caused when touching the camera before the shutter fires.
Here are the thumbnails of all of the brackets I shot for the brick in the snow photograph. As you can see I didn’t need many brackets over-exposing but I did need more under. I made sure that my histogram covered the entire range before calling the shot a success.
Thanks for reading and happy shooting,