Canon® 1DX Mark II Fast Start


Lesson Info

Exposure Bracketing

All right, by pressing the mode button and that drive auto-focus button at exactly the same time and turning either the main dial or the quick control dial, you can activate the bracketing system on the camera. So let's look at what this does here. So, bracketing is where the camera will shoot a series of photos very quickly that you designate at different exposures or different settings. And this is done sometimes for HDR, High Dynamic Range photography, or done when you're not sure exactly what the correct exposure is so you wanna get a group of photos at a variety of settings. This is something that you would use in either program, time value, or aperture value. Now, there's a number of different controls that you can set up with this. You can chose the number frames two, three, five, or seven. And that can be adjusted in the menu system itself. You can chose the increment between the frames in third stop increments anywhere from one-third of a stop, which is not much, to three stop...

s which is quite a bit. A lot of times for my photography, if I need a bracket, I usually use it in one stop brackets. But to each his own, be a little bit different depending on what you're doing perhaps. Now you can also use this with exposure compensation. And so, let me do a quick little demo here with my camera, just to show you what this is like. And so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna put the camera back in aperture priority mode which is my preferred mode when I'm doing a bracketing system. So, I'm gonna press both buttons up here on top, and I'm gonna turn the back dial and you can see, I'm setting my increments amount, increment amounts, and I can go all the way up to three stops. I'm gonna do a one stop bracket, so this is currently set at three photos, we could dive into the menu system and change it to two or five or seven, but we're gonna go with three right here. And if I wanna shoot three photos, I can shoot three photos right here. And I'm gonna make sure that my drive is on continuous high right now. So it just shoots through three of them, really quickly and then it stops. (shutter clicking) You can see that even though my finger's still down on the button it only fired three shots. And let's take a loot at those three shots. And we can see down here that this one is at plus one, minus one, and zero. And so, if we wanted to we could take this bracket, which it's still set at, and we can now use the exposure compensation and we can make the whole bracket darker or lighter. Let's do the whole bracket lighter. I'm gonna set the middle one one on two. So we're gonna shoot plus one, plus two and plus three. (shutter clicking) And we're working with slower shutter speeds there, so it sounded a little bit different. And so in this case, I got the plus two, plus one, and plus three settings here. And so this is a quick way to shoot a variety of pictures at different exposures. Now, if you want you can set it in the single shot mode. Let me, wrong dial there we go. So if I want, in this case here let's change the bracket. I'm gonna change it to an even bigger bracket. So this is two stop bracket here, and I can selectively choose (clicks) one shot, (clicks) another shot, there's the dark one (clicks) and there's the bright one there. And so looking back at those three images, we have our plus two, our minus two, and our normal exposure there. And so if you need a wide variety of exposures, this is a quick and easy system for doing that, and when I get this reset back to zero, it's turned off. And so you do have to press the two buttons, and turn the dial, either front or the back dial, on the camera to activate that system. So that is exposure bracketing. You can also change the bracketing sequence if you want. You'll notice that it shot the normal exposure first, and then I think it was the dark one, and then the light one. And if you don't like that, you'll be able to change that in the menu system, which I do recommend and I'll talk more about that at that point in the class.

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