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Auto exposure bracketing

From: Shooting with the Canon Rebel T3i (600D and Kiss X5)

Video: Auto exposure bracketing

Bracketing is the process of shooting the same scene with different exposures to improve your chances of going home with the shot that's correctly metered. You might also use bracketing when shooting a scene with lots of dynamic range so that you go home with at least one properly exposed image of each of the different bright and dark bits in your scene. Auto Exposure Bracketing is a camera feature that tells the camera to automatically alter exposures between shots, so that all you have to do is fire off a certain number of shots to have a fully bracketed set.

Auto exposure bracketing

Bracketing is the process of shooting the same scene with different exposures to improve your chances of going home with the shot that's correctly metered. You might also use bracketing when shooting a scene with lots of dynamic range so that you go home with at least one properly exposed image of each of the different bright and dark bits in your scene. Auto Exposure Bracketing is a camera feature that tells the camera to automatically alter exposures between shots, so that all you have to do is fire off a certain number of shots to have a fully bracketed set.

To activate Auto Exposure Bracketing, I go into the menu. There is no external button for this. And if I go over to the second shooting menu, the very first item is Exposure Compensation/Auto Exposure Bracketing. I am going to hit SET here. And the first thing I get is just a normal Exposure Compensation control. I could dial that in here. And you may wonder why would go into to here when I've got an external control? The only reason is that you've got five stops of Exposure Compensation here. That's about the only time that you would ever choose to do this. If you knew I very precisely want four and one-thirds stops overexposure, you can dial that right in here.

That's something you can't see on the normal control. What I also get here is Auto Exposure Bracketing and I control that with my dial up here. As I turn it to the right, I am defining a bracket. So I can see here I have got a one-stop bracket, one stop under and one stop over. That would be a two-thirds stop bracket, two-thirds under, two-thirds over. I can go up to two stops in either direction. So I am going to dial it in for one stop under and one stop over and hit OK. And now that shows up here.

It also shows up here and it shows up inside my viewfinder. Something else I can do with this bracket once I have defined it is hit my Exposure Compensation control and I can shift the whole thing up and down. So that's basically applying Exposure Compensation to all three of those shots. I am in Single Shot mode right now. I am going to take my first shot. And after it's done, notice these are flashing. That's indicating that I'm in the middle of shooting a bracket. So I take the second shot, that's my underexposed one, and my third shot that's the overexposed one.

And now it's back to not flashing to indicate that I am done with the bracket. An even better way of doing a bracketed set is to turn on Continuous mode, hit OK, and now I just press and hold the button down for three shots and I have just taken a bracket. So if you are wanting to get a bracketed set in quick succession maybe because you want to ensure that something doesn't move between your frames, Drive mode or Continuous mode is a great way to do that.

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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 27s
    2. What is an SLR?
      2m 39s
    3. How to use this course
      1m 53s
  2. 22m 33s
    1. Basic camera anatomy
      2m 39s
    2. Attaching a lens to your camera
      2m 36s
    3. Batteries and media cards
      2m 44s
    4. Powering up
      2m 38s
    5. Menu navigation and factory defaults
      4m 1s
    6. Setting the date and time
      1m 31s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 7s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 48s
    9. Holding the camera
      2m 29s
  3. 21m 23s
    1. Setting Auto mode
      4m 14s
    2. The viewfinder display
      5m 31s
    3. The LCD screen
      2m 15s
    4. Autofocus basics
      2m 38s
    5. Lens controls
      1m 17s
    6. Flash in Auto mode
      1m 26s
    7. Image review
      2m 28s
    8. Image playback
      1m 34s
  4. 21m 14s
    1. What Program mode does
      1m 57s
    2. Exposure compensation
      2m 15s
    3. Metering revisited
      1m 57s
    4. Changing ISO
      2m 51s
    5. Program shift
      2m 30s
    6. Image format and size
      4m 21s
    7. Creative Auto mode
      2m 20s
    8. The Info button
      1m 17s
    9. The Quick Control button
      1m 46s
  5. 6m 21s
    1. Manually selecting a focus point
      2m 33s
    2. Focus modes
      1m 19s
    3. Manual focus
      2m 29s
  6. 7m 30s
    1. Auto white balance
      1m 54s
    2. White balance presets
      2m 7s
    3. Manual white balance
      3m 29s
  7. 8m 56s
    1. Drive mode
      3m 16s
    2. The self-timer
      2m 19s
    3. Remote controls and Bulb mode
      3m 21s
  8. 19m 38s
    1. Metering modes
      2m 19s
    2. Exposure lock
      56s
    3. Aperture Priority mode
      2m 50s
    4. Depth-of-field preview
      2m 11s
    5. Shutter Priority mode
      2m 23s
    6. Manual mode
      2m 46s
    7. Auto exposure bracketing
      2m 34s
    8. Auto lighting optimizer
      1m 59s
    9. Peripheral illumination correction
      1m 40s
  9. 18m 0s
    1. Metadata display
      3m 2s
    2. LCD brightness
      52s
    3. Rotation
      1m 4s
    4. Rating images
      1m 43s
    5. Applying creative filters
      2m 6s
    6. Protecting and deleting images
      3m 26s
    7. File numbering options
      2m 51s
    8. Creating folders
      48s
    9. Copyright information
      2m 8s
  10. 4m 55s
    1. What is a scene mode?
      1m 8s
    2. Scene modes and image formats
      3m 47s
  11. 6m 34s
    1. Fill flash
      1m 2s
    2. Flash exposure compensation
      1m 52s
    3. Red-eye reduction
      1m 36s
    4. Night Portrait scene mode
      2m 4s
  12. 6m 59s
    1. Picture styles defined
      2m 7s
    2. Selecting a picture style
      1m 38s
    3. Adjusting predefined styles
      2m 20s
    4. Monochrome picture styles
      54s
  13. 13m 53s
    1. Activating Live view
      4m 42s
    2. Focusing in Live view
      5m 31s
    3. Aspect ratio
      1m 35s
    4. Live view's drawbacks
      2m 5s
  14. 12m 55s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      5m 17s
    2. Focusing
      4m 6s
    3. Exposure control
      2m 11s
    4. Movie playback
      1m 21s
  15. 15m 6s
    1. Custom menus
      2m 11s
    2. Custom functions
      1m 31s
    3. Exposure level increments
      1m 0s
    4. ISO expansion
      1m 8s
    5. Long exposure noise reduction
      1m 9s
    6. High ISO speed noise reduction
      1m 46s
    7. Highlight tone priority
      1m 53s
    8. AF-assist beam firing
      56s
    9. Mirror lockup
      1m 17s
    10. Shutter/AE Lock button
      2m 15s
  16. 4m 37s
    1. Camera and sensor cleaning
      1m 4s
    2. Operating conditions and temperatures
      2m 9s
    3. Firmware updates
      1m 24s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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