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Jun 04, 2014 13:01 |  #1

One of the things that are new to me with regards of what my 5D3 can do is the multple exposure thingy. I cannot think of any use that could not be done in PP.

Who uses this? Any nice examples?

Share your thoughts please.




  
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Jun 04, 2014 15:01 |  #2

There's nothing that can't be done in post. But now you can do it in camera, if you have to make it ready immediately, for some reason.
I've used it once, to experiment, when I didn't have a computer available for the next week.


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Jun 04, 2014 15:04 |  #3

Considering how much more control you get by doing it in post I cant imagine myself doing it in camera. I was digging through the detritus of my darkroom and found an old print from the 80's where I had done multiples and remembered how much work it was for so little return.




  
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Jun 04, 2014 15:08 |  #4

hennie wrote in post #16951418 (external link)
One of the things that are new to me with regards of what my 5D3 can do is the multple exposure thingy. I cannot think of any use that could not be done in PP.

Who uses this? Any nice examples?

Share your thoughts please.

Heya,

It's an auto-feature to please people who have no idea what they're doing in post with that concept, to be able to take otherwise impossible photos for them. Think of the person who has the money and wants the best, but doesn't really know how to do a certain shot, this feature will help that person swallow a little easier when they manage it with their camera that cost $3.5k and the no doubt $500~2.5k lens attached to it.

Or it's for people who do know what they're doing, but are simply pressed for time, or too lazy and really don't care about it that much to do it in post to produce the best image possible, and just want something to snap and move on.

Can it be done really well via the camera? Yes. Are they wall hangers? Post them, and see what people think...

I'm sure the above sounds fairly negative, re-reading it, but I meant it in sincerity. I can't think of a serious photographer with a $5k walk around setup who is going to routinely just use the in-camera HDR abilities, other than someone testing the feature, or on vacation and just doing it fast in a snapshot type pace and not really worried about making the best image.

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Jun 04, 2014 15:11 |  #5

Actually I could see the in camera HDR being a comparatively useful feature compared to the multiple exposure feature.




  
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Jun 04, 2014 15:12 as a reply to  @ MalVeauX's post |  #6

Nothing I'm proud of, but as I wrote above, it was a test and I didn't really have any computer handy for doing it in post.

IMAGE: https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-RKpM86V0zxc/UfwDNg5jTkI/AAAAAAAASPo/IWcaaTD7lSg/s800/AP1D2190.JPG

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Jun 04, 2014 16:05 as a reply to  @ apersson850's post |  #7

I don't use it, but it may be useful for some kind of time laps (and you want the immediacy of in camera). It is simple enough to use blend modes in Photoshop, but this could be useful for some limited applications (artistic aside, perhaps some scientific studies in size difference/motion/etc)​.

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Jun 04, 2014 16:34 |  #8

Are we talking AEB here?

If so for landscapes is very usefull


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Jun 04, 2014 16:43 |  #9

My dad got his first dslr (used Nikon D300) a few weeks ago and was excited to learn that it had the ability to do multiple exposures. He used to do them quite a bit in the film days. I can see where it would be a benefit for him since he doesn't have much photoshop experience yet.


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Jun 04, 2014 18:00 |  #10

MattD wrote in post #16951893 (external link)
Are we talking AEB here?

If so for landscapes is very usefull

No, with film photography, it's when you don't advance the film and take multiple exposures on one frame. With the 5D, it's the camera that blends more then one frame onto one photo. It looks like it's more advanced then what you could do with film multiple exposure, as you have several blend modes (but then again, not as many as Photoshop).


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Jun 04, 2014 18:05 |  #11

Who cares if 95% of us never use it - there's no real reason NOT to put that feature in is there?

It's probably not something I'll ever use unless I'm on a family vacation and just goofing off (hey, it happens). I'll probably never use the in-camera HDR either because you only get a jpg... same with the multiple low light exposures merged into one image feature. But I like knowing I *could* use it!




  
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Jun 04, 2014 20:34 |  #12

svarley wrote in post #16952034 (external link)
Who cares if 95% of us never use it - there's no real reason NOT to put that feature in is there?

It certainly doesn't get in the way because I'd completely forgotten the 5DIII had this feature and have never noticed it in my 6 months of using the 5DIII.


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Jun 04, 2014 21:05 |  #13

You can get some awesome shots with double exposing, like the opening sequence for True Detective:

http://i.vimeocdn.com/​video/460824434_640.jp​g (external link)
http://fadedandblurred​.com …tective-titles-bts-04.jpg (external link)

In camera has a far more natural look/feel to them, in post it's a bit meh.

As for HDR multiple exposures? Meh, sometimes I bracket but not really HDR.


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Jun 04, 2014 21:31 |  #14

I haven't tested it since I have photoshop, but I would think it would work good for a remote shutter and fireworks so long as you can judge when they are about to go off. Would give you lots of options less noise by not having a long exposure and possibly having some bursts that are captured all the way and blurred, and others that start or stop mid burst. But again...shooting individuals and PS would be more control but that would be one of the most truely usable applications I could see. Sometimes a little randomness to the photo is good rather than over analyzing what you can you with 100 individual photos.


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Jun 04, 2014 21:42 |  #15

NCHANT wrote in post #16952394 (external link)
In camera has a far more natural look/feel to them, in post it's a bit meh.

I'd take issue with that. Your links are actually a good example of how Photoshop would allow more selective control then with camera algorithms. With just a little effort in masks and brushes, you have selective control with composition in a program like Photoshop. With landscapes that have a HDR scene, I will bracket or open several exposures of the RAW in camera raw. I'll then brush in their masks over several layers to effectively "burn" or "dodge" like the old film development (Ansel Adams attention to compensating for the difference in range between negative and print is extremely relevant in the digital age). True, some folks do go overboard and make post look "fake" or unnatural, but it can be used quite effectively for enhancing or compensating for differences in dynamic range.


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