The Dynamic Range Priority setting on Fujifilm cameras is a setting that allows photographers to capture more detail in the highlights and shadows of their images.
This is different from the dynamic range modes (100%, 200%, 400%) which we covered in a separate article recently. In this tutorial we’ll be look at what this setting offers and whether we should be using it.
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The Dynamic Range Priority (DRP) setting essentially combines the tone curve tools (highlights and shadows) with the dynamic range modes, to give you one tool which provides you with increased dynamic range. The effect is greater than using the 400% option on the dynamic range mode setting alone. You get two tools for the price of one.
When using the DRP setting, the camera will automatically adjust the exposure and ISO to ensure that as much detail as possible is captured in the highlights and shadows.
This can be especially useful in high contrast scenes, such as landscapes with a bright sky and dark foreground.
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When using the Dynamic Range Priority setting on Fujifilm cameras (DRP), it’s important to note that the camera’s ISO will need to be raised to achieve the optimal exposure.
This can result in a slight increase in image noise, particularly in low light situations. However, the trade-off is that the overall dynamic range of the image will be increased, allowing for more detail to be captured in the highlights and shadows.
It’s worth keeping a check on your shadow areas to ensure the noise levels on the image are overdone.
There are 4 options to choose from in the DRP menu:
The weak setting is for medium contrast scenes and you ISO will need to be set to a minimum of 320 on your Fujifilm X-series cameras.
The strong setting is for high contrast scenes, and your ISO will need to be set to a a minimum of 640 for your X-Series cameras.
Auto will simply allow the camera to take control and decide when to use the DRP mode.
Please note, for Fujifilm GFX cameras such as the GFX 50R, GFX 50Sii and GFX 100s, the ISO will need to be a minimum of 400 to use the dynamic range priority setting.
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In addition to using the Dynamic Range Priority (DRP) setting, there are several other techniques you can use to improve the dynamic range of your images. These include using graduated neutral density filters, bracketing exposures, and using post-processing software to merge multiple images together.
Using filters in landscape photography can enhance the final image by controlling light and color. Neutral density filters can reduce the amount of light entering the lens, allowing for longer exposure times and creating motion blur in moving elements.
Polarizing filters can remove reflections and increase color saturation in skies and bodies of water. Graduated neutral density filters can balance the exposure between the sky and foreground. Using these filters can greatly improve the final image and convey the photographer’s vision in the captured scene.
Overall, the Dynamic Range Priority setting on Fujifilm cameras DRP essentially gives you these options all in one shot, without having to add filters or do a lot of post processing.
The only trade off is a little bit of digital noise in the shadow areas, which you’ll need to key an eye on. I recommend you trying it out on your next photo shoot and see how much of a difference this setting makes to your images.