Sony has launched a ‘Sky HDR’ camera app that enables you to stack two different exposures to obtain an HDR image without the use of a graduated ND filter. (Please note PlayMemories Apps are not available in all countries.)
Please Note: Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan is not Supported.
How to use Sky HDR:
Menu > Custom Settings > Lens Compensation > Distortion Compensation > Off
Step 1: Set the exposure and WB for the Land
Step 2: Set the exposure and WB for the Sky
Step 3: Press the shutter button and shutter will automatically be released twice creating a single blended image
‘Sky HDR’ is compatible with RAW! Yup that’s a first for Sony!
If you select Raw as your Quality Setting the resulting 2-shot capture will be saved as a single Raw file. Previous to this, all Sony multi-image captures have been saved as Jpeg, but many of us have been lobbying Sony engineers for this change and hopefully this is a sign of things to come.
While you can apply digital ND gradients in post – it’s obviously a plus to do this at the raw stage – and without the cost and bulk of gradient filters in the field.
a7, a7R a7S, a7II, a7RII, a7SII, a6000, a5100, RX100 III, RX100 IV, RX10 II, RX1R II, NEX-6, NEX-5R, NEX-5T
How to Get Sky HDR:
Sky HDR is available for $9.99 USD is available from the: Sony Play Memories Camera App Store.
(Prices vary around the globe).
Please Note: Camera App Downloader is ONLY COMPATIBLE with Safari and Internet Explorer browsers!
Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Microsoft Edge browsers are NOT Supported!
Windows 10 Users: Your default browser is no longer Internet Explorer – it’s Microsoft Edge. You must open Play Memories Online using Internet Explorer or else the Play Memories downloader will NOT work.