Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Auto exposure bracketing, part of Learning the Canon Rebel SL1 (100D and Kiss X7).
- I mentioned bracketing earlier in the course as a way to shoot the same scene with different exposure settings. This is useful when the lighting starts to get tricky, because bracketing can improve your chances of getting a correctly exposed shot. You can also use bracketing when creating high dynamic range or HDR photos. If you want to learn more about HDR, be sure to check out my course here on Lynda.com, all about Photomatix Pro. Your camera offers auto exposure bracketing. This tells the camera to automatically alter the exposure settings between shots and take a continuous burst of shots.
You end up with several different exposures that can then be combined or used on their own. To activate bracketing, make sure you're in a mode like aperture priority, then press the menu button. From the second record screen, choose exposure compensation auto exposure bracketing and press set. Use the left and right arrows to move the center point. This will adjust the overall exposure compensation. Then turn the main dial to set the range of the bracket. You'll notice that you could set this between one and three stops apart.
Next, change the camera to continuous burst shooting mode. In order to get best results, you'll want to frame up the photograph and let your camera auto focus. If you intend to merge these images for HDR, consider using a tripod or bracing the camera on a flat surface. Now, when you take the shot, multiple pictures will be shot. Depending upon the settings you've dialed in, the camera may need to stay open for some time to make some of those really overexposed images, but what you'll end up with is multiple over- and underexposed images, along with a base exposure.
If you need to disable bracketing, just go back into the menu and restore it, so that all those values are lined up. Remember, bracketing is for very specific workflows. Be sure to turn it off when you're done, so you don't find yourself scratching your head, wondering why you have such a huge range of over- and underexposed shots. If you're shooting HDR, or you're looking to protect that you get the shot under tough lighting, give bracketing a try.
Want to get up and running even faster? Check out the "Quick Start" chapter to learn how to use your 100D straight out of the box.
- Reviewing the lens controls
- Changing image format and size
- Adjusting ISO and exposure compensations
- Using Program Shift mode
- Exploring Autofocus
- Focusing manually
- Shooting in Continuous (burst) mode
- Switching between metering modes
- Shooting with flash
- Shooting video