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G5 HDR explain it to me

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by satbunny, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. satbunny

    satbunny New to Mu-43

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    I found the HDR mode on my G5 menu, can anyone explain it to me.
     
  2. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    The camera will take a series of 3 photos at different exposure levels (- 0 + EV) and then blend them in camera into a final image with a wider dynamic range. I don't tend to use it because it only works with jpeg. I'd prefer to use auto bracketing (which allows you to define the number of images and the ev offset between them) and blend raw files in software.
     
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  3. satbunny

    satbunny New to Mu-43

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    Sep 17, 2014
    Do you need a tripod or just a steady hand?
     
  4. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    Tripod is a must.
     
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  5. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    I've done hand held HDR many times. As long as the shutter speeds are high and you can get a fast burst its OK. Keeping movement out of the frame is another concern. Most external software will compensate for slight changes between frames, I'm not sure if the G5 'in camera' HDR will.
     
  6. satbunny

    satbunny New to Mu-43

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    Sep 17, 2014
    I shall try it around town with and without a tripod
     
  7. 50orsohours

    50orsohours Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 13, 2013
    Portland Oregon
    I do too all the time but I use an EM-1. Regardless, for tack sharp results, one should always use a tripod. Do you not agree?
     
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  8. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    A tripod will eliminate (or at least reduce) any ghosting caused by camera shake / movement between frames, but it will do nothing for any captured item that moves between frames. A tripod helps, but I would not say its a must. I say it depends on the scene, the effect the photographer is trying to create and what they consider to be acceptable. Also, there are other ways to stabilise the camera, like resting on a wall or table.
     
  9. Gerard

    Gerard Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 12, 2015
    Vleuten, Utrecht
    I tried the HDR on my G5, but it didn't impress me.
    Better results and more fun are obtainable using the bracket mode in RAW and stichting the pics together with software like photomatics.
    In most cases you'll need a tripod.
     
  10. satbunny

    satbunny New to Mu-43

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    Sep 17, 2014
    Maybe we could have an HDR thread and you could enlighten me?
     
  11. m4/3boy

    m4/3boy Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jul 21, 2013
    A tripod is essential for optimum results.
     
  12. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Optimal, yes, but you can still make acceptable HDR without one.

    This was hand held....

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    and so was this...

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    I'm not saying they are great examples of HDR, but they are acceptable handheld examples. The problem I had with the second image was people walking. I had 3 of each person, so I had to clone them out.

    Edit: BTW, these were both taken with my G2 which had a much slower burst rate than the G5.
     
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2015
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  13. PeeBee

    PeeBee Mu-43 Top Veteran

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  14. satbunny

    satbunny New to Mu-43

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  15. mazg

    mazg Mu-43 Regular

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    Tripod is essential. Results are not bad but you'll get better results in Lightroom. If you don't have software for hdr, it gives you a good option to try it out.