Have you heard about in camera HDR? I just learned about it. I know…..get with the times Rich!
Reading “Outdoor Photographer” yesterday I learned that several manufacturers have started producing gear that will create HDRs in the camera. It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it? I mean, we already had auto bracketing, this was bound to happen.
So, do I feel threatened by the fact that anyone can produce an HDR in camera? Nope! I think it sounds pretty cool, but I do have reservations. How much creative room does the photographer have with the camera producing the HDR? Can a user select how they want images layered? Can they take tone mapping further afterward??? How about controlling Haloing? These are just a few questions I have.
For my part, the interest in HDR spurred a 6 month Photoshop learning spree years ago. I really got into layering, curves, blending modes, and more. Next I jumped into the Photomatix learning curve. And since all that initial learning I’ve pushed further into stylizing the images to get the final print that I want. I’m wondering if “in camera” can offer the same creative license, or if the manufacturers have determined what type of HDR is right and that’s all that will be available to the consumer.
To any manufacturer out there willing to send me a loaner model, I’d love to review in camera HDR up close and personal. I’m always very detailed regarding these things, and I’ll put any piece of equipment through its paces.
For readers, if you have experience with this new technology, please leave a comment and share your thoughts!