Even on the now-ancient X-T1. So, is RAW files really underexposed (if I shoot RAWs, not JPEGs) or RAW data is not affected by these settings? In this case, I would then have to set the DR to 400% and the ISO to at least 800, and the photo shall be taken at the original exposure (i.e. Great BLOG! The RAW file is underexposed by either one (DR200%) or two (DR400%) stops. But the reduction in contrast in the JPEG file will give you a little more latitude when processing the JPEG (which should still only be done cautiously since those files can’t take a lot). Price: $1,200 #18 Fujifilm X-T30. And without much noise at all. It seems it’s not applicable for scene with fast moving objects. Dynamic Range Priority was first introduced in the X-H1. The default setting is Dynamic Range 100 (DR100). Yes, I think DR100 should really just be called DR OFF. Well, I now have a little better understanding. You can kind of change the D-Rng setting using the Q button in playback mode. In the range of ISO 160 to 800 I think it’s not a big deal because of iso invariance. See the captions for settings in subsequent images. I do not shoot in .jpg or simulations unless who I shoot for asks me to…..so it has no value to me. So when the camera is going to switch to DR200% ISO 400, my speed should also be increased (to lower my exposure, preserve my highlights and apply the ISO 400 only to the darker parts afterwards). The Dynamic Range Priority option, meanwhile, optimises the camera for better results in high-contrast scenes, while the High ISO & Low Noise mode offers greater sensitivity and … At this time, Fujifilm cameras do not do in-camera HDR processing. But the metadata written to the file affects how different RAW converters treat the file when they process it. Highlights are darkened, shadows are darkened even more.», «The RAW file is the RAW file, as read out by the sensor before processing. Take some photos of the same high-contrast scene with DR100 and DR400, import them, and see how and when they look different. Hello everyone,Today in this video I am going to talk about the dynamic range setting on Fujifilm X-T2. It is a much more complex process to merge dark, bright, and middle exposures to come up with one final photo with low contrast and increased tonal range. The Dynamic Range setting is not the same as Dynamic Range Priority found in the X-H1 and X-T3/30. RAW is electronic information (maybe a better term out there) written to the sensor. It’ll give you the highest contrast out of the DR settings because it doesn’t change the tone curve at all. BTW do you happen to know Martin Gollery in Tahoe…https://www.facebook.com/marty.gollery. Fujifilm is helping make the world a better, healthier, and more interesting place. Is DR100 the reference to your ‘high contrast’ comment? Thanks for the article and I will stay with manual or EC adjustment vs DR. Yeah I haven’t really found a situation where Strong and 400 work…at least for a realistic look. Barn Door, Yosemite, 21 May 2017. Highlight & Shadow Tone is another setting that does another thing. It’s easiest to see how Fujifilm Dynamic Range works by looking at photos. Fujifilm Dynamic Range Priority vs Dynamic Range by John Peltier From www.jmpeltier.com - October 27, 2019 8:07 AM. It’s like during the capture of 3 exposures (if set to 3 frames) each frame has chance to have different scene since the camera takes 3 different shots and it’s like you press the shutter button 3 times. The Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR (February 2009) has similar low light capabilities as the F31fd in pixel binning mode, but allows for double the resolution in good light. Get more Fujifilm tips, inspiration, and discounts on upcoming courses delivered to your email.Click here to subscribe. The raw file will be underexposed by 2 stops when using dr400%. And some photographers prefer that look to be able to add contrast back to a JPEG file. FUJIFILM X Series & GFX – Global official site. In most cases, you should expose for the shadows (“to the right”) when using D-Rng. The first step in optimizing D-Rng is knowing which setting you should use. Price: $7,995 #17 Sony RX100 VI . “Dynamic Range Priority” includes “Dynamic Range.” The regular “Dynamic Range” setting sometimes isn’t enough for really high-contrast scenes; “Dynamic Range Priority” can further increase dynamic range by outputting a much flatter image. D-Range Priority The Fuji X-T3 offers a mode called Dynamic Range Priority, which appears to be an automatic combination of Highlight Tone, Shadow Tone and D-Range. If your habit is to always shoot at a low ISO with a histogram bunched up on the left, planning to push it in post-processing, you’re not giving LR/PS much data to work with. Post-processing programs will always have more capabilities than what the camera can do, but sometimes what the camera can do is more than adequate for many photographers. Great explanations though. Dynamic Range Priority is a completely different setting found only in the X-H1 and X-T3/30. Nikon uses the term Active D Lighting, for Canon users it is called Highlight Tone Priority, and Fujifilm prefers to call it Dynamic Range. Finally, go back to your original exposure (do the clicky thing in the opposite direction), and then set DR200% or DR400%. You’ll see it in your in-camera preview, and also in your RAW converter during import. For example, until Lightroom builds all of the RAW preview files, it will show the included JPG preview image, which contains all of those settings. SETTING”, then “BKT SELECT”, choose “DYNAMIC RANGE BKT”. If you’ve set these programs to apply any “Auto Adjustments” during import, they will apply the Dynamic Range settings. Auto ISO stuck at 320 or 640 here is a look at how the Dynamic Range settings in Fuji cameras interact with Auto ISO. 3. Hope that helps! It CAN be too flat sometimes, but it’s easier to add Contrast and Black in post then take it away. Bracketing modes won’t work in those situations. Yeah if it’s all about capturing the right moment, you just have to figure out the proper exposure and settings first. What I noticed is how very Flat (I think as you said) the RAW images are at Strong and 400 vs off and adjusting for highlights manually or EC using Provia Std. White Balance. Meaning, if parts of the scene are super-bright and washed out, it will underexpose the scene to keep the bright areas from appearing pure white. Capture One is the same – when you have AUTO in the Base Characteristics, it applies the DR setting. If I’m in high-contrast lighting and want DR Auto to work, I’ll just bump up my ISO to 320. A rather important detail. But I wonder what I should be shooting at when taking street shots and do not have the time to make these adjustments ‘on the fly’. Some high contrast scenes are to high to capture all w/o going to HDR. Just to confirm. Photoshop doesn’t enable it at all. The X-T3 is capable of recording video in 4K resolution up to 60 fps. So when Dynamic Range Priority is applied, the images will look different from both simulations. Hi John, first of all thank you for this explanation. Hi Russell, I’m on the road for a few weeks and that’s quite a monumental task to go through the dozens of RAW converters out there. 's gear list: James A. I actually didn’t bring up Dynamic Range Priority at all in this article. The big takeaway for understanding the difference between Dynamic Range Priority and Dynamic Range is the “package” concept. I saw a video in YouTube that someone was using AE Bracketing and the output is great but I have concern. To learn more about what we’re about, please explore Innovation at the Fujifilm global website. I’d rather do that than bracketing for blending later on. However, the DR settings are written to the metadata and some RAW converters apply this setting automatically. To learn more about what we’re about, please explore Innovation at the Fujifilm global website. But for those who really want to take advantage of this feature, I hope this article helps. I’ve done some more testing with every RAW converter I can find and have found that some apply the settings and some don’t. So, three clicks is one stop. Some photographers like really flat, low-contrast photos. You can also bracket the D-Rng settings. My answer now is “both,” and it all depends on the RAW converter you use. Does that sound right and make sense as a simple approach likely to extend dynamic range without unnecessary noise? I “normally” do not do anything with the .jpg unless I send one from the camera to a friend who wants it for some reason. Your RAW converter may or may not read the camera settings metadata and apply corrections on import. The camera processor then “pushes” the exposure back up to where it should have been, but minimizes the push in the highlights area. If DR200 appeared too flat for you (unlikely), you can pull it down to DR100 in the Q menu. So while all Fujifilm X cameras have Dynamic Range, if you want to get a “Dynamic Range Priority” look with other cameras, you’ll have to manually control Highlight & Shadow Tones. How Accurate are Fujifilm’s Film Simulations? So I can confirm that the DR setting have a impact on the RAF. Have a great trip to Africa! Count the clicks – no matter which method you’re using to adjust exposure (shutter, ISO, aperture, or EV dial), each click is 1/3 stop with standard Fujifilm settings. I would suggest comparing some photos with different DR settings, importing them into each program with different profiles & base characteristics to see what the differences are for each. Dynamic Range 200 (DR200) is next, and if it is selected the minimum ISO is 400 (instead of ISO 200). It’s important to have a basic, simple understanding of how D-Rng works in order to use it properly. Something I do not understand : let’s say I only use manual ISO on a bright day and the value is set at ISO 160, do you confirm that the DRange AUTO will not work ? But pure .jpg way too flat. “200% is available at sensitivities of from ISO 320 to ISO 12800, X400% at sensitivities of from ISO 640 to 12800.” The ISO value is written to RAW. They have similar names – which is where the confusion is coming from – but they’re not the same thing. I didn’t see whether the author mentioned that D Range Priority, in Auto, adds the separate Highlight and Shadow controls to the mix. Every camera manufacturer has one – it’s known as DRO in Sony cameras, ALO (Auto Lighting Optimizer) in Canon cameras, Active D-Lighting in Nikon, and simply Dynamic Range (D-Rng) in Fujifilm cameras. I’m a Big Fan of DRP, and push it all of the time, especially when I see landscapes with burned out Sun areas! Use code "blog20" at checkout for a reader-only 20% discount! “But the image preview – even if you’re only recording RAW – will still reflect the Dynamic Range/Priority settings.”. You get what you get, which is a lower-contrast image. Fujifilm X100F, f/4.5 at 1/140 at Auto ISO 400, Auto Dynamic Range at 200%. If this is correct then one could say that using the DR funtion does not come totally for free but at the cost of a faster shutter speed, which in some cases could be an unwanted side effect, but again, I‘m not sure if my understanding is correct. Just choose which one is more important to you (shadows or highlights) and expose for that. James A. That would make things easier. The Fuji X100V is a handsome all-metal camera with real knobs and dials which makes it very easy to set and control from shot to shot. The problem for shooting that way I assume is that the image would appear dark in the viewfinder, but Fuji has a setting that lets you view images clearly without seeing the exposure imposed, so you could have the advantage of visible images and put your trust in recovering the exposure. Darker shadow areas are unaffected by this underexposure. If you’re in a custom setting where you’ve programmed a Dynamic Range setting and Highlight/Shadow Tone settings, enabling Dynamic Range Priority will disable these. I’ve used numerous RAW converters that present the RAW file differently based on the in-camera D-Rng setting. Like everything, it’s a matter of personal taste. But I just compared some extreme contrast files at DR100 and DR400 and see the difference now. I never shoot .jpg as I want maximum latitude for adjusting/editing. The differences are subtle, so I’ve included the histograms. But there are times when both types of photographers encounter really high-contrast scenes, with really bright brights and really dark darks. The key feature of the F200EXR is its very large dynamic range (estimated to be 11 stops) when used in its dual-capture mode. I just leave it in Auto for my JPGs, which I keep as RAW backups and for sending out on-the-fly. 's gear list Fujifilm X-H1 Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR So am I correct to assume that, by switching from DR100% to DR200%, the exposure (only the aperture/speed parameters) of my RAW file will be affected ? You can use the Highlight and Shadow tones options for further curve adjustments. Using the histogram to expose by so you protect your shadows/highlight? I’ve been blown away with the “ISO invariant” sensor. I’ll do another article soon explaining the differences to clear up similar confusion. But there is no slider or adjustment to let you know that this happened. Check the official manual from fuji or try it for yourself with the setting: http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x-t30/menu_shooting/image_quality_setting/index.html#dynamic_range. Yeah there’s definitely something to be said about just trying all the settings out for yourself and seeing how they work with your own genres and styles, rather than relying on test shots from other people. Sorry, I see contradiction in this article. Fujifilm X100F, f/5.6 at 1/220 at Auto ISO 200, Auto Dynamic Range at 100%. Hi John and thanks for the usefull information. Thanks Russell, cheers. Hi! If you’re using another RAW converter, all I can say is experiment with it. Dynamic Range Priority doesn’t do anything new; it just combines the functions of Dynamic Range and Highlight/Shadow Tone to further reduce contrast. Thanks for the clear explanation. The dr400% raw file is digitally pushed by 2 stops in most raw software. However, I see that the default setting from Fuji is off. The RAW file is the raw data from the sensor. All I meant by saying “the RAW file isn’t affected” is that there’s no special processing applied. And, it looks like ISO Auto is not the way to go. I was wondering if you have an opinion on trying to optimise your dynamic range in-camera versus using features such as auto adjustments, magic wand, AI tool, etc, that various processing programs now offer. Thanks for a really great explanation, excellent post and really appreciated. So if you’re only capturing RAW, using a high DR setting can help give you an idea of how much you’ll be able to recover in post-processing. Sorry for the confusion, the final RAW file written to your memory card – the actual light & color value of the pixels recorded – doesn’t change. Back-Button Focus is STILL Relevant in Today’s Mirrorless Cameras, Fujifilm Announces Photographer’s Professional Services Program. People advocate this with Expose To The Left. Fujifilm cameras have various settings related to dynamic range: in addition to the tone curve (Highlight / Shadow Tone on older models), there is Dynamic Range and Dynamic Range priority. Because the ISO output is lowered, you’ll need a higher ISO when using Fujifilm’s Dynamic Range. When bringing into LR and adjustingand flatness can be fixed. *Edit – this answer appears to be based on the RAW converter. “Most” articles recommend not to use these settings because “most” articles assume that people are shooting in RAW. So no, the RAW file isn’t affected, but how the RAW converter processes the file will vary. When dynamic range is likely the priority, this mode quickly shifts the Fujifilm X-H1 into full dynamic range priority. They’re settings that alter how a Fujifilm JPEG is processed in-camera. It’s now included in newer Fujifilm cameras like the X-T3, X-T30, X-Pro3, X100V, and X-T4. Regular “Dynamic Range” doesn’t touch the Highlight & Shadow settings, only “Dynamic Range Priority” does. D Range Priority. bigger. But I saw a big difference in details with ISO 320 in portrait details together with the 56mm. Unfortunately, you cannot bump the dynamic range up, only down. The Fujifilm X-T3 is a mirrorless interchangeable-lens digital camera announced on September 6, 2018. Instead, a setting of Dynamic Range 200% would mean that the camera underexposes by a stop, then uses in-camera processing to bring the values back into the correct exposure realm. The full-frame Nikon Z 6 also largely performs on par with the Fujifilm and Olympus cameras, apart from between ISO 3200 and 12800 where it can capture around 1 stop more dynamic range. There’s been some confusion about the differences between Dynamic Range Priority vs Dynamic Range in Fujifilm X cameras. WEAK is available at sensitivities of from ISO 400 to ISO 12800, STRONG at sensitivities of from ISO 800 to 12800. -I then decide to switch to DR200% : my ISO is bumped up to ISO400, and as I understand it, my RAW file will still be shot at ISO200, only the darker parts will be affected during the processing of the RAW file (and pushed to ISO400). Fujifilm’s film simulations will also alter how Dynamic Range Priority is rendered. If one or two stops of aperture or shutter speed change matter that much to your creative intent, you can try offsetting it by adjusting your “other” variable (stopping down your aperture to regain a slower shutter speed, etc). First, you say: «The RAW file is underexposed by either one (DR200%) or two (DR400%) stops. TIA: Jun 13, 2020 at 05:31 PM Provia has a curve with a lower contrast. Fujifilm Dynamic Range uses only one single photo and is a much simpler process. Hell, I can’t even see that. The highlights will probably be stacked up to the right. Fuji Dynamic Range in Lightroom and Capture One, http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x-t30/menu_shooting/image_quality_setting/index.html#dynamic_range, Fujifilm Tethering Workarounds for Lightroom Classic and Capture One, Kneecapped by the Mythical Fear of High ISO Noise. It seems to be something of a tricky subject. One stop (three clicks) – use DR200%. Is this correct or do I miss something here? Well, that’s an entire post in itself, and you can read how the Dynamic Range setting works here if you want to get further into the details. If you want some more evenly toned photos, you could just leave both DR and ISO in Auto. Happy shooting! Hi Richard, thanks for the feedback. When Dynamic Range Priority is in Weak, Strong, or Auto, the Dynamic Range and Highlight/Shadow Tone settings are disabled since Dynamic Range Priority controls both of those. If you’re at ISO160 and DR Auto, all you’ll get is DR 100. read how the Dynamic Range setting works here, Fujifilm Tethering Workarounds for Lightroom Classic and Capture One, Kneecapped by the Mythical Fear of High ISO Noise. Just following up a bit more on my question if you get time and have interest in answering it, I was wanting to add to the mix the issue of Fuji’s ISO invariant sensor. do you mean the in-camera “preview” or the actual preview you get when you load into a raw converter? The Fuji X-H1 is the first of the X-series cameras that features in-body image stabilization. If you like high contrast then you don’t need it at all. Then adjust your exposure until the bulk of the shadows are in the left 1/3 to 1/4 of the histogram, not stacked up on the left wall. Two stops (six clicks) – use DR400%. how do capture one read all this in comparison with lighroom? Delivers 9.5 stops of dynamic range at ISO 160; Price: $899 #19 Panasonic Lumix S1 (Tied) Delivers 9.4 stops of dynamic range at ISO 1600. In addition, when… Street photography is an interesting subject when discussing the dynamic range settings – most of it depends on your style. Lens & Optics; Lens Mount: Fujifilm X: Lens: Fujinon XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS; 14 elements in 10 groups, including 3 aspherical lenses and 1 extra low dispersion element But the image preview – even if you’re only recording RAW – will still reflect the Dynamic Range/Priority settings. Dynamic Range 400% is the same thing, but with a two-stop underexposure. I’m perfectly happy using DR AUTO, letting the camera decide between Off and DR200. May I just need to practice a lot more. Fujifilm has a Dynamic Range setting, like many other digital cameras, that help preserve details in bright highlight areas. The DR setting works on two levels – DR200% and DR400% – but to make them effective you need to raise the ISO to 320 for the first and 640 for the second. Auto EXR is scene recognition that also recognizes which EXR Priority option to use. It’s always left me puzzled and I have mostly seen articles where it’s suggested not to use the DR settings. That’s right, when you increase the ISO to get a higher DR setting, then the shutter speed (when in Aperture Priority) will increase by the same amount of stops. Delivers 9.7 stops of dynamic range at ISO 800 & ISO 1600. I don’t intend to bother you but the subject is actually extremely interesting and I really appreciated your detailed and documented explainations and would love to have your point of view on this : In my understanding, DR modes affect the RAW because the exposure (speed/aperture, ISO excluded) should not be the same at DR100% and DR 200% : lets say I shoot 2 pictures with the following settings : Aperture fixed at f/t2, auto speed, auto ISO : -First picture shot at ISO 200, DR100%: I manage to get a correct exposure (no exposure to the right at all, just an average exposure to get good shadows and not to blown highlights), I am getting a correctly exposed RAW file. It automatically applies settings such as “Color Chrome Effect (Blue),” “Clarity” and “Dynamic Range Priority” to produce landscape images of greater saturation or … The post as a whole is well researched and well written! It’s now included in newer Fujifilm cameras like the X-T3, X-T30, X-Pro3, X100V, and X-T4. However, remember that the right side of the histogram contains more tonal information than the left side. Thanks in advance. If that’s what you’re doing, then yes you’re not getting much out of these settings other than seeing a “flatter” histogram in your viewfinder. Any other Base Characteristics Curve ignores it an there’s no way to just apply the DR setting. For over a year I’ve said “no.”  I recently changed that to “yes” after a reader pointed out something else. In the second case, you are seeing not only the “standard” converter image but also that image with the Dynamic Range/Priority settings/”adjustments” on top? So the raw file is still the same, it just has digital gain applied in software. Thanks for the info and comments. You can’t apply the camera’s D-Rng setting manually. So Dynamic Range is one setting that does one thing. Thanks. The underexposure refers to how the in-camera JPG is made. Dynamic Range Priority was first introduced in the X-H1. DR400 can look a little flat for me at times, so experiment with it to see if it matches your taste. It seems that since the noise ratio is so low you can actually shoot at an “unsuitable” exposure, lowering the ISO beyond where it needs to be for a good exposure, then without ill effects raise it later in processing. That’s what I always thought…the RAW file being the RAW file. HDR – High Dynamic Range – blends multiple photos of different exposures. How would you address this scenario? Experiment with these to see which looks you prefer the most. Dynamic Range Priority might be a good solution for everyone. Get more Fujifilm tips, inspiration, and discounts on upcoming courses delivered to your email.Click here to subscribe. Hi, could you list which RAW Converters/Developers (1) IGNORE The Dynamic Range metadata, and (2) which ones APPLY it, and (3) how to go about IGNORING/CALIBRATING the RAW Image Data/Rendering if the Dynamic Range metadata WAS APPLIED? If you go into the main menu and select “BKT/Adv. I just wanted to limit it to the workings of Dynamic Range (found in all X cameras). Now adjust your exposure until the highlights come off of the right wall. The resulting frames have great depth when post processing. Beware how you have your Import settings in these programs. A lot of it depends on how you have yours set up. . However, the DR settings are written to the metadata and some RAW converters apply this setting automatically.». I forgot to change the DR setting from auto to 100 and wondered why my rafs have a ISO 320. Think of Dynamic Range Priority as a boosted Dynamic Range setting. If the Curve is in anything else (Linear, Film Standard, etc) you will not see the Dynamic Range settings applied. And they also show RAW-only photographers how they might be able to recover dynamic range in post-processing. Regular “Dynamic Range” doesn’t touch the Highlight & Shadow settings, only “Dynamic Range Priority” does. Really bright areas, where your eyes may see details, may come out pure white in the photo. The process can be equated to decreasing the Exposure slider and increasing the Shadow slider in Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One, and many other photo processing programs. The settings are written to the RAW metadata and some RAW converters may apply these settings to the file on import, based on your RAW converter settings. Hello Viktor, I’m sorry but I’ve been too busy to run some experiments for you to illustrate this. There’s no indication of the specific curves used in Dynamic Range Priority – it all happens behind the scenes. You could also create some custom modes for different looks/shooting conditions. After reading the owner's manual, I'm wondering if setting the Dynamic Range Priority to the automatic setting is recommended? Some raw software does not apply the gain. I assume the simple process would be to set a desired shutter and aperture, leave the ISO in Auto, and use the exposure compensation dial to knock it down. D Range Optimizer in AUTO does add Highlight and Shadow adjustments … not just DR changes. Its goal is the same as Dynamic Range, but it combines both the Dynamic Range setting and the Highlight/Shadow Tone setting to do it. It is the successor to 2016's Fujifilm X-T2. They don’t permanently alter the data captured in the RAW image. Dynamic Range. In one sentence, Dynamic Range uses ISO to “underexpose” the photo and then increases the exposure of only the shadow areas. Dynamic Range Priority is a completely different setting found only in the X-H1 and X-T3/30. Thanks for the reply, John. The standard DR400 Fujifilm Jpeg: STD Colour profile (which is Provia) All highlight/Shadow/Colour/Sharpening/NR settings, set to ZERO (0) Dynamic Range (DR) set to DR400 (2 Stop) As you can see, as we increase the DR mode, we are able to retain slightly more detail in the clouds. However, at the same focal length the lens of the F200EXR is about 1/2 stop slower than that of the F31fd. The raw file will be underexposed by 1stop when using dr200%. These settings are mostly for people who don’t want to mess around with post-processing. Some have mentioned I should just leave DR set to 200 as 100 is basically no change. If this is right, it is never really possible, once you shot a picture at DR200%, to really undo that and go back to the exposure that would have been obtained by shooting at DR100%…. As I understand it, and that’s not claiming much, the lower the ISO the better the dynamic range. Hi Rick, yes that’s right. Cheers. The third option is Dynamic Range 400 (DR400), and if it is selected the minimum ISO is 800. So while all Fujifilm X cameras have Dynamic Range, if you want to get a “Dynamic Range Priority” look with other cameras, you’ll have to manually control Highlight & Shadow Tones. But what does D-RANGE PRIORITY do and how is it different from the other Dynamic Range settings like DR100,DR200,DR400? Thanks Viktor!
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