Sony Sky HDR app for Landscapes Replace Graduated ND Filter

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Sony has introduced an impressive new PlayMemories app Sky HDR to help photographers capture landscapes with perfectly exposed foreground and background. This app has been designed in order to replace the graduated ND filter by providing wide dynamic range within the camera. But how?

Sky HDR app gives you the power to set two different exposures while shooting landscapes, using which you can set separate exposure for the subject in the foreground and the blue sky in the background. So basically what happens is, via the app you can separately set the desired exposure and white balance for two different sections of the frame. You can divide the frame into two sections, by moving the grid on your screen at any angle or position you wish to. When you are done with positioning the grid, simply press the shutter release. The camera will capture two different frames, as per your custom setting and then will merge into a single image with wide dynamic range. The final image can be saved in both RAW or JPEG formats.

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While you are applying custom setting to two different sections of your frame, you can also use few ‘themes’ such as Blue Sky, Sunset and Graduated ND to beautify your results. Sky HDR app also provides you two custom slots for saving your desired theme effects.

Here’s a video explaining the flow of Sky HDR app:

The Sky HDR app is available on Sony PlayMemories costs $10 (INR 620) and is compatible with following Sony cameras:

  • Sony NEX-5R
  • Sony NEX-6
  • Sony NEX-5T
  • Sony a7
  • Sony a7R
  • Sony a6000
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony a7S
  • Sony a5100
  • Sony a7 II
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
  • Sony a7R II
  • Sony a7S II
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II

Let’s have a look at some sample images clicked using the Sony Sky HDR app:

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Looks impressive? Do share your views in the comments below. 🙂


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