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08-02-2012, 07:20 AM   #1
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K-30 in-camera HDR

A lot of my photography is HDR, but I try to keep it as natural as possible. So I was interested to try the in-camera HDR function of the K-30. Normally for any HDR session I would use ISO 100 but the results from the K-30 were, to put it mildly pretty crap when I set the K-30 to ISO 100. However, I ran a second test the following day with the ISO set to Auto and got better results. You can read about the test and see the photographs on my blog HDR and the Pentax K30

I'm not a 100% convinced that in-camera HDR is a viable option to using a dedicated program like PhotoMatix, but I could see me using it sometimes. Below is an example of the HDR set to Auto and the ISO at 100

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08-04-2012, 05:37 AM   #2
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I think the in-camera HDR still has a ways to go, but it's certainly usable for "snapshots". I don't doubt that combining 3 raws in a desktop app is better by far.
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I've commented about this once on a K-x flickr group. The HDR function of the Pentax camera's at least for my taste looks good when used for nightscapes. As you know that photography is subjective, what looks good to me might not look good for you. But take a look at my photostream, most of my night shots were done using the K-x's HDR function. I like the output enough and I think I won't be able to get the same results if it were just a normal exposure. On the K-30 since it has a different implementation than the K-x, I am still finding my way through how I should set it up.

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I haven't tried it at night. Might give it a go this weekend when I can get into the town.

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This is probably how you don't want to do K-30 HDR
Even the lens flare gets the full treatment:

?? - ID:120806000 [PENTAX K-30] - Photoble Uploader
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I've used in-camera HDR for a while since K7 and now K5.

Personal thought on it :

Auto and HDR1 - usable for day shots. But not as dramatic as a dedicated HDR program. The least chance of haloing. Perhaps even the same as K5 14.3 stop RAW post processed properly for highlights and shadows, and no better. If its better, then maybe 1-1.5 stop better, but not more.

HDR2 -
Very good for night shots.

HDR3 - ??, so extreme that I have not much idea what its for other than OTT HDR type shots or extreme lighting situations (eg. bright street lamp and totally dark surroundings)

The photo will look dull in all cases since the exposures are merged into a centered histogram.
Post processing by extending the blacks and whites in levels will usual solve this and make them look pretty good.
An "S-curve" will also help lots.
Some tweak in saturation will help as well, as the merging tends to flatten the colors as well.

One can also bias the overall HDR o/p by choosing the middle exposure towards over/under exposure.

At this point of time, I've largely given up on in-camera HDR for day use (too little added DR on the K5; and the risk of halos).
For night shots, I'd use HDR2 without reservations.
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I haven't tried night time HDR yet, but thank you for all of the suggestions for settings, tweaks etc. I didn't buy the camera for it's HDR function but I've also been of the opinion "if it's got a feature, can it be used". If not dismiss it and use something else instead. I'm coming round to the opinion that whilst I can't entirely dismiss the HDR function it's of limited use and I would get far better rsults using my dedicated HDR software.
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Rawr,
Wow, I find that stunning! Would like a blow-up (say 1m x 1m) in our foyer at work.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
This is probably how you don't want to do K-30 HDR
Even the lens flare gets the full treatment:

?? - ID:120806000 [PENTAX K-30] - Photoble Uploader


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QuoteOriginally posted by georgecape Quote
Would like a blow-up (say 1m x 1m) in our foyer at work.
If the photograph was mine, I'd be happy to sell you such a big print for the right $$.

The HDR bug has never bitten me, but if people want to buy 1m x 1m prints of work like that, maybe I should get into it. LOL
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
This is probably how you don't want to do K-30 HDR
Even the lens flare gets the full treatment:

?? - ID:120806000 [PENTAX K-30] - Photoble Uploader
You now what? I realy liked this picture, i even use it as my desktop wallpaper at the work (since you post this link)! Its always refreshing to see it while im working
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Hello, I just purchased a Pentax K-30 which I am really excited about. It will be my first DSLR so I am extra excited!

I have been seeing all those HDR images around and now that I am getting a new DSLR I decided to learn how to do them myself and that brought me to this forum. It was been very intuitive and I enjoy reading everyone opinions on the in camera HDR program.

What is killing me right now is that RAWR posted a link that doesn't seem to be working anymore and I keep readin about how awesome of a picture it is yet I can't see it. Is it just me or is the photo no longer available?

Thanks!
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