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    HDR or D lighting?

    A real rookie question here, what would be the determining factor in whether to utilize HDR as opposed to D lighting? I mean what situation favors the use of one over the other, they seem to be quite similar, a means to deal with high contrast situations.


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    Re: HDR or D lighting?

    HDR is best utilized with the use of a tripod and a stationary subject since multiple images are combined into one. D lighting is best used when there is motion in the shot or if shot hand held since its a single image that the camera then does the work to bring out the details that would have otherwise been lost. Also, D lighting is only available if shooting JPG only. I shoot RAW so I haven't used D lighting in quite a while. When I was learning the basics of exposure, I would use HDR to give myself a better chance of getting the shot I wanted but found I am able to make most if not all the adjustments in Lightroom.
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    Re: HDR or D lighting?

    Thanx for the enlightening response, it clears up some questions.

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    Re: HDR or D lighting?

    HDR is for when the dynamic range of a scene exceeds the ability of the camera to capture all the brights and darks. Active-D lighting gives you more detail in the shadowed areas of a scene.
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    Re: HDR or D lighting?

    Quote Originally Posted by dachshund View Post
    A real rookie question here, what would be the determining factor in whether to utilize HDR as opposed to D lighting? I mean what situation favors the use of one over the other, they seem to be quite similar, a means to deal with high contrast situations.
    Twisted and Hark gave solid advice. I'm curious where you are going with your work, shooting Jpeg active "D" vs. raw HDR and its possibilities are very distinct. Snapshots vs. an expression of art through your camera? Tell us more!
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    Re: HDR or D lighting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rick M View Post
    Twisted and Hark gave solid advice. I'm curious where you are going with your work, shooting Jpeg active "D" vs. raw HDR and its possibilities are very distinct. Snapshots vs. an expression of art through your camera? Tell us more!
    I’m not particularly interested in producing artistic effects. I’m more interested in producing accurate presentations of scenes i see.

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    Re: HDR or D lighting?

    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedThrottle View Post
    Also, D lighting is only available if shooting JPG only. I shoot RAW so I haven't used D lighting in quite a while.
    Hey TT, quick question: I pretty much exclusively shoot RAW now, and after every shot my D5500 has the menu option to do an in-camera retouching. One of the retouching options is "D-Lighting", and I can choose low, medium, or high values to apply. Is it converting my pictures to .jpeg to do that, then back to RAW - which is how my pictures download off my card whether or not I've done the retouching?
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    Re: HDR or D lighting?

    @Dangerspouse
    Appologies, I was trying to go off memory, I had to check my menu for a refresher. HDR is disabled with RAW, not D lighting. I have no idea what goes on inside the camera to make D lighting do its thing. I would think its like pulling the shadows slider in Lightroom but still in camera.
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    Re: HDR or D lighting?

    No need to apologize. I appreciate the answer!
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    Re: HDR or D lighting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dangerspouse View Post
    Hey TT, quick question: I pretty much exclusively shoot RAW now, and after every shot my D5500 has the menu option to do an in-camera retouching. One of the retouching options is "D-Lighting", and I can choose low, medium, or high values to apply. Is it converting my pictures to .jpeg to do that, then back to RAW - which is how my pictures download off my card whether or not I've done the retouching?
    If I am not mistaken, there is supposed to be an embedded jpeg in every NEF. Maybe someone can confirm the info. So any changes made in camera would be applied to the jpeg. What you see on the rear screen is the embedded jpeg - at least that's always been my understanding.
    @FredKingston or @nickt any confirmation on a jpeg being embedded in a NEF?
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