Use the following guide to set up your camera to capture exposures ready for HDReal® processing. Note that this Nikon model only supports bracketing of 3 exposures while optimal results require 7 exposures.
Set Camera to Aperture Priority Mode
Press the MODE button and turn the dial to A. Aperture should stay the same so that the depth of field does not change in between exposures. Only the shutter speed should change.
Set the Aperture to 8.0 by turning the front dial. This preserves a deep depth of field while increasing shutter speeds so you can move faster.
Set Picture Control
Press the ISO button on the back and set ISO to 400 with the main command dial on the back upper right. This is a good balance between noise and shutter speed.
Press the MENU button, and in the Shooting Menu, select Set Picture Control and set it to Neutral.
Set White Balance
Press the MENU button, and in the Shooting Menu, set Image Quality to JPEG Normal, set Image Size to Medium, and set JPEG Compression to Size priority.
Set Release Mode
Press the WB button on the back and set white balance to Auto with the main command dial on the back upper right. Our system automatically corrects white balance so you don't need to do it in the camera.
Set Metering Mode
Press the Release Mode dial lock release on top and turn the Release Mode dial to CH (Continuous high speed). This way, you'll be able to take all bracketed exposures with a single press of the cable release or shutter button.
Set Auto Exposure Bracketing
Press the Metering button on the top and select 3D Color Matrix Metering with the main command dial on the back upper right. This is so the camera meters across the whole scene.
Turn off Long Exposure Noise Reduction
Press the MENU button, and under the Custom Settings menu, set Auto bracketing set to AE only. Pressing the BKT button on the front and turn the main command dial on the back upper right to set 3 shots. Pressing the BKT button again, turn the dial on the front left to set a 1.0 exposure increment.
Turn on Auto Image Rotation
Press the MENU button, and under the Shooting Menu, set Long Exp. NR to Off. If this is on, shutter speeds are greatly increased.
Set File Numbering
Press the MENU button and under the Setup menu, set Auto image rotation to On. This way, vertical images can be recognized as such.
Press the MENU button, and under the Custom Settings menu Shooting/Display, set File Number Sequence to On. This prevents images from having the same file number.