HDR1/HDR2 For Those Who Don’t Want To Combine In Post Processing
The first two options with the HDR button are HDR 1 or HDR 2. The only difference as explained by the Olympus manual is that HDR 2 provides a more “impressive” image. Again, for those of you that shoot HDR frequently I would still recommend not combining them in camera, you can get a lot more impressive photos if you take the time to do this in post processing.
When using HDR mode the slowest shutter speed you can use is 1 second and the longest available will be four seconds. The camera will also set the ISO to a fixed ISO of 100 (use a tripod).
Settings To Use If You Will Be Combining The Images Yourself (recommended)
Here are your bracketing options:
Here is how to shoot HDR:
Set the lever affixed to the HDR button to 1 – then press the HDR button (this will display the options) – Choose HDR 2 (as an example) – You can view the processed image in playback mode.
The HDR settings are fairly expansive and will cover a vast majority of situations out there however there are a few limitations. The first person to point this out was Michael Myerscough (his website). Thanks Michael.
I’ve been experimenting with it and combing the manual and the best I appear to be able to do is switch to auto bracketing mode, set up a custom timer with the same amount of shots as brackets and we’re golden. The major issue is that I can only get 0 +/- 2 which as you no doubt are aware covers 90% of shots but not all. Generally I’d just adjust the exposure bias as a cheat to expand the range. That’s not the best as it involves touching the camera which I don’t like doing in the middle of a series of brackets. The major irritant is that in Olympus’s HDR settings they give access to a huge range of exposure steps which would nail any situation but you can’t do that with the internal timer. I’ve tried figuring it out with the remote software but it still won’t shoot the HDR. The best I can do it appears is set it up for the HDR brackets, push the shutter and it rips through let’s say 7 exposures in no time at all so long as I set the shutter to ‘sequential high’. In a perfect world Olympus would update the firmware so the custom timer is available with HDR ( as distinct from auto bracketing).
I hope you found this guide useful, check back to PhotolisticLife for the full review of the EM1 and the new Olympus M Zuiko Digital ED 12-40mm f/2.8 Pro Interchangeable Lens. Enjoy!