Web Video Production
DSLR, HDR, Time Lapse

HDR (high dynamic range) time lapse photography tutorial

What you need


  1. DSLR (able to take multiple exposures)
  2. Remote Timer with multiple settings (I got a cheap one from ebay, less than £20/$30, works great) – click here to search for one on ebay

  1. Photomatix Pro – http://www.hdrsoft.com/download.html
  2. Adobe After Effects – http://www.adobe.com/products/aftereffects/


  1. Set up camera.
  2. set up camera

  3. Set DSLR to Manual mode (or AV if you decide to pick a place where exposure changes – but will probably get a flicker which you will probably de-flicker later)
  4. manual mode

  5. Set up multiple exposures (http://www.canon.co.uk/Support/System/Search.aspx?TcmUri=tcm:14-754498)
  6. multiple exposures

  7. Set to continuous shoot mode
  8. continuous shoot mode

  9. Set your timer (make sure you can set the length of the hold down of the shoot button so you can take continuous photos so all exposures are taken one after the other)


  1. Load multiple exposures of one shot into PhotoMatix (“Load Bracketed Photos”) and save preset or if you know what default preset you want, jump to 2.
  2. Batch Bracketed Photos (select preset by clicking on “setting” next to “Tone map with Details Enhancer”)
  3. select the number of images to process (equivalent to the number of different exposures you took)
  4. select source and destination folders
  5. click “run”

After Effects

  1. Import as sequence (you will probably have to click on the “force alphabetical order” box)
  2. Drop the sequence into a composition
  3. Render
  4. Done

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