Step-by-step Set up your camera for bracketing
Choose number of shots 1
On a Canon, find the AEB options in the shooting menu. Use the finger dial to set the bracketing range, and the rear dial or D-pad to set the number of shots. Press Set and you’re ready to shoot. On a Nikon, head to the Custom Setting Menu, and find Bracketing/Flash, then Auto Bracketing Set and AE only. Then set the number of frames and bracketing range. On some models you can set this up without using the menu – just press the bracketing button on the body and use the dials to adjust settings.
Activate self-timer mode 2
Before you start shooting, set the camera’s self-timer to 2sec. This will ensure that any camera shake you introduce when you press the shutter will die down before the first exposure starts. Alternatively, use a cable release to trigger the shutter without touching the camera. It’s also worth focusing your image using AF at this point, then switching to MF, as you don’t want the camera to refocus between shots. Once you’ve taken your images, review them on the LCD to check the bracketing range is roughly correct.
Merge your shots in Photoshop 3
Download your images onto your PC and save your chosen set into a new folder. Open Photoshop and go to File>Automate>Merge to HDR Pro. Select Browse and locate your files. Click on one of them, then press Ctrl+A to select them all, and press Open, then OK. You’ll now see the Merge to HDR Pro window, in which you can make various changes for the best possible results. You can even deselect images at the bottom of the window to see how the result would look without one of the shots.