In this video I'll show you how to set up the Nikon D500 to create an exposure bracket for HDR shots. We store all HDR-specific settings in a separate user setting under the photo and individual settings, so that we can quickly switch between normal workflow and HDR workflow.
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Here is the video showing the correct settings:
And here again the menu settings in text form:
Selecting the correct operating mode
First of all we make sure that we operate the camera in mode "A".
Photo Shooting -> Create new photo shooting menu bank for HDR
Photo Shooting Settings
- Change Storage folder name to HDRD5 for example - (so we have our own directory for HDR photos)
- Change file naming to HDR for example - (so we can distinguish HDR-photos already at the filename from "regular" photos)
- Picture Quality RAW
- Imagesize L
- NEF RAW, lossless compression with 14-bit
- ISO-Auto OFF, start at 100
- White balance Cloudy
- Active D-Lighting OFF
- Noise Reduction with Long Time Exposure OFF
- Vignetting Correction OFF
- Auto distortion control OFF
- flicker reduction OFF
- Auto bracketing set AE
Custom settings -> Create new custom settings bank for HDR
Custom configuration settings
- C – Timers/AE lock -> C3 Self-timer -> Self-timer delay 2
- C – Timers/AE lock -> C3 Self-timer -> Number of shots = 5
- Interval between shots 0.5 seconds
Enable exposure bracketing before shooting
Hold down the BKT button and use the rear dial to set 5F for exposure bracketing with 5 levels. 1.0 select for whole step size.
Switch to self-timer, and take pictures. Now 5 shots are taken automatically within the configured exposure bracket with a lead time of 2 seconds.
After the end of the HDR shooting
- Photo capture configuration back to standard configuration
- Individual configuration back to standard configuration
- Hold down the BKT button and use the rear mode dial to set 0F for deactivated bracketing.
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