This post applies for people attempting to shoot HDR shots. I have been trying the feature out on my camera, and what I have noticed is that it can be a little overwhelming when I get back to the computer and I am sorting and editing the photos.
The explanation is simple. I have the HDR setting on the camera to save all exposures [not all cameras have this option]. So, that means that I am getting four pictures for the price of one! Well, when I get back to the computer, the label for the photos goes in order. There is not a special tag on the HDR photos, it’s just the next label in line. It is causing confusion on my part… I have to look at the camera info for each picture to figure out which ones are HDR or try to remember which pics I took in the HDR shot.
The explanation is simple. The solution is also simple. However, there are a couple of ways to solve the issue. Number one is this: I usually take a few exposures of the scene without the HDR setting on. Therefore, why do I need to save every exposure that makes up the HDR shot? I can turn the save all exposures setting off and only save the HDR shot and that will decrease my work load when I am sorting them at home.
Option two is to rate or tag the HDR shot immediately after I take it so that when I get back, I can look at that info and know which one is the HDR shot out of all the other exposures.
Option three [and this applies to anyone that has the capability to shoot with exposure bracketing] is to rate or tag the photos that make up the HDR shot.
If the camera does not have a tag or rate feature, I would recommend a: smart phone, tablet, or even a pen and a piece of paper to take notes while you’re shooting. It may seem time consuming at the time. When you get back to the computer to do your sorting and editing you will probably appreciate the slight amount of extra time out in the field!
I guess that tip applies for any photo, not just HDR. I was just thinking about panorama shots. The same thing applies.
I just thought that I would pass my thought process on… Might be helpful if you run into the same issue!