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Bracketing Exposures - Photography Tips

Learn about Bracketing Exposures - Photography skills explained by Tony Howell

Bracketing Exposures
Your camera's meter can be fooled by certain situations, like shooting into the light (as in the boat images below) or by dark subjects against light backgrounds. The answer is to bracket your exposures. This usually means taking one shot at the meter's recommended exposure, then one above and one below the recommended exposure. Try it at first with one stop over, and one stop below the reading, then repeat this in different situations. When you get the hang of what your camera's doing, you can just do one at the correct exposure, then one under or one over, depending on the situation.

If you're shooting Jpegs, you should try going up or down in half-stop increments, as Jpegs have less margin for error.

Shooting RAW you have more leeway for tweaking the exposure later on in processing, and as I always shoot RAW, I go up or down from the recommended exposure in 1-stop increments. Less fuss out in the field, where I want to concentrate on the lighting and composition

Practice will make judging a scene easier and more intuitive, so that you'll know what adjustments are needed. See also Digital Blending

The Problem
One exposure, exposed for the foreground (sky burned out) Boat

The Solution
bracket two exposures and blend later
(dramatic sky)

See also: - Flower photography tips  |   Photography/Photoshop Tuition


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