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How to Create HDR Images on Your Canon EOS 6D

HDR images are all the rage and your Canon lets you join the fun. An HDR image combines multiple exposures of a scene with a wide dynamic range to create a single image that shows details in the shadow areas and bright areas of the image. Many photographers use camera-menu commands with expensive software to create HDR images, but you can create HDR images with your EOS 6D as follows:

  1. Press the Menu button.

    The last-used menu displays.

  2. Use the Multi-controller to navigate to the Shooting Settings 4 tab.

  3. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight HDR Mode, and then press Set.

    The HDR Mode menu is displayed and the HDR Mode option is selected.

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  4. Press Set.

    The HDR exposure options are displayed.

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  5. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight one of the following options:

    • Auto: The camera sets the exposures based on the overall tonality in the scene. This is a good way to get started with HDR photography. If, after examining an HDR image, you notice that there’s not enough detail in the overall image, you can choose one of the remaining options.

    • +1 EV: The camera captures three images; one image is underexposed by 1 EV, one image is captured with the exposure deemed correct for the scene by the camera metering device, and one image that is overexposed by 1 EV.

    • +2 EV: The camera captures three images; one image is underexposed by 2 EV, one image is captured with the exposure deemed correct for the scene by the camera metering device, and one image that is overexposed by 2 EV. Use this option for scenes with a range of tones from shadows to bright lights.

    • +3 EV: The camera captures three images; one image is underexposed by 3 EV, one image is captured with the exposure deemed correct for the scene by the camera metering device, and one image that is overexposed by 3 EV. Use this option for scenes with an extreme dynamic range from very dark shadows to bright highlights.

  6. Press Set.

    The exposure option you choose will be applied to the next HDR images you create and you’re returned to the HDR mode menu.

  7. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Continuous HDR and press Set.

    The Continuous HDR options are displayed.

  8. Use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight one of the following options:

    • One Shot: Creates an HDR image the next time you press the Shutter button.

    • Continuous: Creates HDR images continuously until you disable HDR shooting.

  9. Press Set.

    The option is applied and you’re returned to the HDR mode menu.

  10. 10. Use the Multi-controller or Quick Control dial to highlight Auto Image Align and then press Set.

    The Auto Image Align options are displayed. Images are aligned by default. The only time you should disable this option is when you create HDR images with the camera mounted on a tripod.

  11. Press the Shutter button halfway to return to shooting mode and create some HDR images.

    When you shoot HDR images, the camera captures three images as you specify through the camera menu. The camera does a good job of aligning the images, but you do need to hold the camera as steady as possible.

    If you’re shooting in a low-light situation, and the shutter speed is too slow to create sharp images, increase the ISO until the shutter speed is fast enough to ensure a blur-free image, or mount the camera on a tripod. If this image had not been photographed with HDR, the details on the side of the boat would not be visible and the boat would be a black silhouette.

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