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.
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.