Shooting HDR with Mirrorless Cameras

Special Guest post by Mark Toal

4449 at Union Station HDR

I know what you’re thinking, why would it make any difference to shoot HDR (High Dynamic Range) images with a mirrorless camera?

I started shooting HDR about a year before the Micro Four-thirds format was introduced. I would set up my tripod, get my Nikon D200 to shoot three bracketed photos or if I wanted more range I’d go into manual mode and set an aperture and then change the shutter speed to bracket images. I loved creating HDR images but hated setting up the camera to shoot them.

Panasonic sent me a Lumix G1 camera to try and although skeptical about the concept I decided to take it everywhere with me for a couple of weeks. As I slowly figured out how to use the camera I discovered that I could change to the bracketing mode much faster and easier and had a wider range of bracketing options.

Oregon City Bridge

I’ve always hated using tripods so I started to shoot all of my HDR’s hand held with Lumix G series cameras. I set the camera to aperture priority mode, choose an f/stop and let the camera vary shutter speed to get the exposures for my HDR. I find the smaller, lighter camera easier to hold steady for my 3-5 bracketed hand-held shots.

I also find that Photomatix PRO software does a great job of aligning the small variations in hand held images. If you like more information or have specific question about my HDR processing methods email me at the address below.

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new.Mark.headMark Toal works for Panasonic as a training representative in Portland, Oregon. His views on this blog are his own and do not represent Panasonic. You can see more of Mark’s photos at Mark can be contacted at

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