18 Sep 2019
Shooting Tips

Desert Panorama One-Shot HDR – How We Shot It

Once again, we’re cutting it pretty close with both the highlights and the shadows in this image’s original RAW capture. I had to pick my exposure very carefully and then count on recovering image detail. At first I was at 1/180 sec, but the highlights were just slightly blown out, so I went to 1/250 sec. On the back of my camera, with Nikon’s “Active D-Lighting” turned all the way up and the contrast turned down a notch or two, this gave me decent looking histogram with highlights that I knew would be usable in post-production.