Bracketing explained: what you need to know about maximising detail
How to start bracketing exposures
You can manually make brighter or darker pictures, or you can let the camera do it for you. Here’s how…
1 Use Exposure Compensation
To adjust exposure between frames, select Exposure Compensation in the camera’s shooting menu, or press and hold the ‘+/-’ button. Use the control wheel to move the exposure indicator towards ‘+’ to make the next shot brighter, or towards ‘-’ to darken it.
2 Try Automatic Exposure Bracketing
Select AEB and you can dial in how many stops of exposure bracketing you want the camera to apply automatically. Here, we’ve selected one stop darker than the normal exposure, and one stop brighter.
If your camera has a top LCD screen, this will indicate that the next three shots will be bracketed.
3 Bracketing and compensation
You can also use Exposure Compensation to make the middle exposure brighter or darker, and then bracket around that. This is useful in situations where you know the camera’s exposure is likely to be too bright or dark to begin with.
PAGE 1: Common questions about bracketing
PAGE 2: How to start bracketing exposures
PAGE 3: Understanding dynamic range
PAGE 4: Try exposure blending
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on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 4:15 pm under Photography for Beginners.
Tags: camera tips, DSLR tips, HDR