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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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