Bracketing explained: what you need to know about maximising detail

How to start bracketing exposures

You can manually make brighter or darker pictures, or you can let the camera do it for you. Here's how…

How to start bracketing exposures: step 1

1 Use Exposure Compensation
To adjust exposure between frames, select Exposure Compensation in the camera's shooting menu, or press and hold the '+/-' button. Use the control wheel to move the exposure indicator towards '+' to make the next shot brighter, or towards '-' to darken it.

How to start bracketing exposures: step 2

2 Try Automatic Exposure Bracketing
Select AEB and you can dial in how many stops of exposure bracketing you want the camera to apply automatically. Here, we've selected one stop darker than the normal exposure, and one stop brighter. If your camera has a top LCD screen, this will indicate that the next three shots will be bracketed.

How to start bracketing exposures: step 3

3 Bracketing and compensation
You can also use Exposure Compensation to make the middle exposure brighter or darker, and then bracket around that. This is useful in situations where you know the camera's exposure is likely to be too bright or dark to begin with.