Auto Exposure Bracketing : Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace : Adorama Photography TV
Auto Exposure Bracketing : Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace : Adorama Photography TV

in this episode we learn about auto exposure bracketing – Adorama TV
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here’s your host hi everybody welcome to another episode of Exploring Photography right here on Adorama TV brought to you by Adorama it is the camera store that has
everything for photographers you can check them out at well a few weeks ago I talking
to some of my photographer friends about auto exposure bracketing and where my
friend said he was having issues when shooting in shutter priority mode
specifically said sometimes exposure bracketing just
didn’t work well before getting to that I just wanna remind you that Adorama has some terrific contests and if
you enter you can win some great prizes Well first lets talk about what exposure
bracketing is bracketing is simply taking a series of
photos at the same scene usually 3 photos one that’s exposed
correctly one that is underexposed and one that is overexposed normally you under and overexposed by
the same amount so if you had an under Exposed shot there was uderexposed by
one-stop your overexposed shot would be overexposed
by one-stop as well well almost all cameras have an auto
exposure bracketing feature now this is normally referred to as AEB as stands for auto exposure
bracketing and it normally has a symbol that looks
something like this: so if you see that on your camera’s menu that is the I auto exposure bracketing
symbol. Before getting to how auto exposure bracketing works let’s talk
about why you might want to use it traditionally AEB is use in one of 2 scenarios the first is when you’re not
quite certain of your exposure what you wanna make absolutely certain you get the shot this
is something that landscape photographers have been using for years AEB is also
used to create HDR images HDR stands for high dynamic range and its when you take three or more photos and you combine
them to create an image that has a photo realistic effect in
fact I created in HDR image and used auto exposure bracketing in all
the last episode exploring photography to create this image the Basilica of the
National Val almost all cameras with auto exposure
bracketing have the same basic settings – now for the specific have your
camera make sure you check your camera user manual but generally all cameras work something
like this the first thing you need to do is turn on auto exposure bracketing next some cameras allow you to set how many
shots you’d like to take in your auto exposure bracketing series
the third thing you need to do is tell your camera how much to over and
underexpose each image this usually ranges from
one-third to 3 stops finally set your drive mode to
continuous or self-timer mode once this is all set
up you just press the shutter release once
to take all the shots in the series now some cameras you can
set the drive mode to single to allow you to take each in the shot
individually using a separate shutter Press for each up the shots it’s important to
understand that auto exposure bracketing works
differently in different modes and this is why my friend was having
issues when on exposure bracketing using shutter priority mode and understand this lets first take a
look at how auto exposure bracketing works in aperture priority mode – in aperture
priority mode you set the camera aperture now let’s
say we’ve set our aperture to F 8 now the camera will use its built-in light meter to set the shutter for a
proper exposure now for argument sake let’s say our shutter speed is one two
hundred and fiftieth a second for a proper exposure if we’ve
set our auto exposure bracketing to under and
overexposed by one stop here’s what will happen the
first correctly exposed photo will be made at
F 8 and 1/250 of a second the second
underexposed shot will be made at F 8 and 1/500 a second and the third overexposed shot will be made it F 8 and 1/125 of a second Our aperture is staying the
same but our shutter is changing to create
those under and overexposed images because our shutter can slow all
the way down to thirty seconds and speed up to 4,000th of a second and even on some cameras go all the way up to 8000th of a second we
have a lot of latitude when we’re exposure bracketing using aperture priority mode now in
shutter priority mode the exact opposite is happening our shutter is
staying the same but our aperture is opening and closing to
create the over and underexposed images and this is where we can run into
a lot of issues let’s say that we have and image where we
had a proper exposure up 160 of a second at f2.8 and we want to bracket by
one-stop that’s one image overexposed by one stop
and one image underexposed by one stop let’s also assume our lens
has a maximum aperture opening a F2.8 our first properly
exposed image will be made at 160th of a second at
f2.8 our second underexposed image will be
made at 160th of a second at F4 but will run into issues on our third overexposed image to over exposed by a full stop our
aperture would need to open to F2 but our lens isn’t able to do this so we just end up with an additional
properly exposed image shot f2.8 fix the issue you need to
increase your ISO by one stop so your aperture would have some room to breathe or you can adjust your shutter my
one-stop as well doesn’t matter which way you choose the
important thing to remember is that when you’re in shutter priority mode using
auto exposure bracketing you run into issues when the aperture is
fully open for the properly exposed image now what
about manual mode well in manuel mode there is no auto exposure
bracketing you do it everything manually you can either adjust the aperture to
over an underexposed or and change the shutter to do the trick
so in manual mode you just have to do it yourself now two additional notes about auto
exposure bracketing the first is when I’m using auto exposure
bracketing I most always use aperture priority mode
because in shutter priority mode when the aperture changes your dept of
field changes away as well and so that’s something I try to avoid
the second thing is bracketing isn’t just for exposure you can also bracket you’re white
balance you can bracket your ISO and you can even bracket your focus that these are topics
that will cover in future episodes exploring photography right here on
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52 thoughts on “Auto Exposure Bracketing : Exploring Photography with Mark Wallace : Adorama Photography TV”

  1. micdogg187 says:

    You are finally back…never leave jk. Great video

  2. cooltrain27 says:

    I dig your natural delivery when mentioning the contest this time. It comes off as so abrupt and weird in some of the other adorama videos. And, of course, great video lesson as usual.

  3. Joey Joiner says:

    I needed to see this! Now I get it! Thanks, Mark!

  4. corey thompson says:

    Mark your videos are my fav tutorials!

  5. Darren Alexander says:

    hi Mark – great video edit and explanation!! do you know if you will be covering bracketing when focus stacking macro photos 

  6. Eddy traves says:

    WOW Iike tthe way you teach your goo0o0o0d man thanks for everything you do for people like me so we can learn  THANYOU again god bless you

  7. Alexandro Rocca says:

    I prefer to shoot three pictures changing the shutter speed manually, rather than surf trough the menus of my camera.

  8. Stu FromOz says:

    Thanks for this mate, all the best from Melbourne Australia.

  9. m4drx says:

    Hope you are enjoying your travels Mark

  10. Adorama says:

    Photography How-To from @Mark Wallace: using your camera's built in auto exposure bracketing for tough exposures & HDR images.

  11. Abrill95 says:

    well explained, thank you!

  12. Paul Welford says:

    great video as always

  13. Raul Mkryan says:

    What do you mean in manual mode there's no AEB? I'm shooting in manual all the time and I do have AEB and I do use it sometimes. I was waiting for you to say how the camera does the bracketing in manual mode, since I have no idea, but then you said that there is none in manual. 🙁

  14. Edan Davey says:

    Just a small point about auto-bracketing in Manual mode with Nikon. I shoot a D700 and D800 and both have option "e6 Auto bracketing (Mode M)" that allows you to set what changes when shooting an auto-bracket set.

  15. John C says:

    As always, your videos are so well presented and packed with 'how to' information and useful insights. Thank you Mark!

  16. Nicholas Fox says:

    I've always considered that bracketing was a means of compensating for poor measurement of the light in a scene by either the cameras metering system shortcomings. I've recently bought a Sekonic L-758DR and the exposure values I get by hand measuring and shooting in manual have taken me into another realm with exposures that are almost always right on the money. I guess hand measuring isn't for everybody but after many years of trusting the cameras metering system, for me it's now a case of using camera metering only where the circumstances 'require' it, e.g. street photography. It's still a valuable technique to use if you really want to play it safe..

  17. icebird101 says:

    Mr. Mark pllllllllllllllllllllllease make a tutorial about Speedlights Multi mode and how to control it in creative way.

  18. Norm Powell says:

    It should also be noted that in shutter priority mode, depth of field will change which could cause problems depending on the scene being photographed…

  19. Mitchell Hughes says:

    Bracketing for white balance?😮 Never in a million years would that have occurred to me. You just blew my mind.

  20. Henry Young says:

    I like your English.

  21. alwaysinout says:

    Thanks, so when bracketing in general i should use Apreture mode ?

  22. G-Phi Productions says:

    Thanks for making this video. It's very helpful! 🙂

  23. Arm The Creative says:

    Very helpful since you went in depth. Thank you!

  24. Dennis Vance says:

    Some smartphone apps have AEB as well. 645 Pro for the iPhone brackets the ISO in S-mode and brackets shutter speed in ISO-mode. The HDRs help out the smaller-than-a-Tic-Tac lens of the phone camera.

  25. David says:

    What a great explanation. Thanks! Subbed!

  26. Joe Cerda says:

    very helpful…thank you!

  27. Zooney L says:

    Great thanks

  28. Dale Jayne says:

    In a word, "Excellent".

  29. Mazin Bashar says:

    does the d3300 have aeb? 😮

  30. Photoextremist says:

    Excellent Tutorial Video Mark, thank you .

  31. Wedlin Sainval says:

    Which Canon model are you using in this clip?

  32. Jack Morris says:

    There's a tribble under your chin.

  33. patprop74 says:

    Older video but was still helpful, I was trying to Auto Bracketing in manual mode and was not working, now I know why. Thanks Mark.

  34. PIA BARGALLO says:

    Hello my name ia PiaCould you please me which is the best program to process the pictures taken with bracketing

  35. Amit Ray says:

    I'd never thought about it, but it makes perfect sense. Thanks Mark for explaining the concept so brilliantly.

  36. Christopher Munoz says:

    Best explanation on the net. Everyone else forgets to explain the priority modes. Thanks for the info!

  37. Jules Moyaert says:


  38. JAN STUDIO says:

    i want buy a prime leans , i have a nikon D5300 please tel me which leans will be better for me

  39. JAN STUDIO says:

    but not expensive i am poor

  40. Gerard Donovan says:

    Great video there Mark…thank you

  41. Sajeed Ali Mohammed says:

    In AEB mode how to set exposure time in sequence for hdr in 360 photo ( with fish eye lens ) shooting ?

  42. LAZY DOG says:

    You are forgetting that people will have their camera on auto ISO. So the camera can and will change the ISO if the shutter or aperture range is restricted. I know my Nikon d810 in aperture priority mode changes the ISO not the shutter speed. And my camera definitely has exp bracketing in manual mode.

  43. Evgeny says:

    Great explanation, thanks a lot!

  44. Claude C says:

    I think you forgot to mention one very important part. Where do you focus? Normally you focus for the light. But when bracketing, correct me if I'm wrong, you focus for the mid-tones.

  45. Raman sharma says:

    comprehensive , energetic ………subscribed !

  46. Pewwbz says:

    Did you wash your hands after using that nasty Canon.

  47. Daniel says:

    Is AEB ideal for night photography? Should I use it whenever possible?

  48. Luanne LeBronne says:

    Great video. You’re a pro!

  49. nadahkhi says:

    Very well explained, but lakes demonstration sample photos.

  50. Flora Moraitini says:

    Thank you. You make everything so clear, as always

  51. Barrie Marshall says:

    Thankyou, very well explained.

  52. Ravi Chandran says:

    I have a doubt. After taking photo, whether camera processed the image and give proper photo or we need use Lightroom or Photoshop to process the image?

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