Brack­et­ing

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29 Bracket in bursts

With auto ex­po­sure brack­et­ing, pic­tures are taken one at a time. Switch to con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing mode, and when you press and hold down the shut­ter re­lease, the cam­era will take the three shots (or five if that’s what you’ve se­lected) in your se­quence be­fore stop­ping.

30 Change the brack­et­ing or­der

In auto ex­po­sure brack­et­ing mode the cam­era shoots the pic­tures in a spe­cific or­der (nor­mal, un­der-ex­posed, then over-ex­posed). The way the or­der seems to jump about means it’s not ex­actly in­tu­itive. You can use the Cus­tom Set­tings menu to change the shoot­ing or­der to a more log­i­cal un­der-ex­posed, nor­mal, and over-ex­posed se­quence in­stead.

31 Bracket ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion

Faced with a tricky scene, you might know it needs some ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion, but not how much. One so­lu­tion is to ap­ply the amount of com­pen­sa­tion you think you might need, and then use the brack­et­ing op­tion – the brack­eted shots will be taken around your ‘com­pen­sated’ ex­po­sure value, rais­ing your chances of get­ting it right.

32 Us e white bal­ance brack­et­ing

Cam­eras which of­fer ex­po­sure brack­et­ing (all but the D3000-se­ries) also of­fer white bal­ance brack­et­ing. In this mode, the cam­era takes one shot, then pro­cesses it with three dif­fer­ent white bal­ance set­tings and saves three ver­sions of the same shot.

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Hack HDR mode

In-cam­era HDR is a fea­ture on more ad­vanced Nikon D-SLRs, but if your model doesn’t have this fea­ture, don’t worry. It’s pos­si­ble to shoot a se­quence to cre­ate a sim­i­lar ef­fect. Use the auto ex­po­sure brack­et­ing func­tion (which is avail­able on all but the most ba­sic mod­els) and set an ex­po­sure step of 2EV. You’ll then get three ex­po­sures two stops (EV) apart, which you can blend later on us­ing HDR soft­ware.

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