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    Bracketing explained: what you need to know about maximising detail

    | Photography for Beginners | 13/11/2012 16:15pm
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    Try Exposure Blending

     

    Try Exposure Blending

    When you can’t capture detail in the brightest and darkest parts of a scene in a single frame, you can take several bracketed exposures and blend them together later in Photoshop or similar software, such as Photomatix.

    You’ll need to mount the camera on a tripod while you take the shots to ensure that the frames will line up when you blend them together – and shoot in Aperture Priority mode so that the depth of field is consistent throughout the whole sequence.

    Combining the well-exposed shadows and highlights from separate shots with the camera’s ‘midtone’ exposure, you can create an image that has a wider dynamic range. This kind of treatment isn’t 
to everyone’s taste, however, because at its extremes it can create an unnatural, hyper-real effect.

     

    +2 stops of compensation

    +2 stops of compensation
    All we’re concerned about in this bright exposure is capturing the detail in the rocks.

     

     +2/3 stop of compensation

    +2/3 stop of compensation
    Here, we’re looking to preserve detail in the sea and the darker areas of sky.

     

    No compensation

    No compensation
    This exposure is exactly as the camera sees it. It’s a useful image for revealing hidden detail in the clouds.

     

     -1 1/3 stops of compensation

    -1 1/3 stops of compensation
    A darker exposure ensures that the brightest areas of sky retain some detail.

    PAGE 1: Common questions about bracketing
    PAGE 2: How to start bracketing exposures
    PAGE 3: Understanding dynamic range
    PAGE 4: Try exposure blending

    READ MORE

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    Manual Focus: what you need to know to get sharp images


    Posted on Tuesday, November 13th, 2012 at 4:15 pm under Photography for Beginners.

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