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25-08-09, 09:30 AM
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Auto Exposure Bracketing

Hey there. After another post i've decided to try my hand at doing a HDR image. But my Nikon D60 does not have Auto Exposure Bracketing on it. What would be my easiest way of doing it manualy?

Any help would be great..

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25-08-09, 10:32 AM
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Re: Auto Exposure Bracketing

OK think ive got it, incase anyone else ever needs to go here is what is what ive got...

You'll have to bracket the exposures manually, that's all. Make sure the camera's on a tripod or other stable surface as you don't want the images shifting during to bracketing. A remote release is also useful to avoid camera vibration from pressing the shutter each time.

Use the camera in Aperture priority mode, take a shot with no exposure compensation (0EV). Then use the EV button & rotate command dial to dial in the exposure compensation you want. You want a 3 or 5 bracket range, so something like -2, -1, 0, +1, +2 (or -1, 0, +1 or -2, 0, +2).

You'll then need some software to process the images - CS3 & CS4 can do it or use Photomatix Pro or Dynamic Photo HDR (both of these are available as free trial versions).
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25-08-09, 10:34 AM
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Re: Auto Exposure Bracketing

I'm not good at it at all - but there are tutorials online - shoot in RAW and turn that into an HDR - you only need the one image. Many people favour this method because it does completely eliminate moving objects etc between the three photos.

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25-08-09, 10:36 AM
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Re: Auto Exposure Bracketing

really? ive not read that anywere before and it sounds alot easier than having to take 3 images. I'll try both methods and see how it turns out. Thanks
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25-08-09, 10:39 AM
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Re: Auto Exposure Bracketing

I've not tried it yet - but apparently it's the way a lot of my camera club do it - and they seem to produce some incredible images. Apparently it's also a lot easier to get them looking natural this way too.

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25-08-09, 10:42 AM
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Re: Auto Exposure Bracketing

would i need to edit the RAW file in anyway shape or form before hand or just straight in to the HDR software. Just read this...

I prefer to convert the RAW into a single 16-bit per channel RGB image that contains the entire histogram of the RAW.

this can be done in a single step using the Adobe RAW converter from Photoshop CS2. therefore no need to create several jpeg and then merge them together to create the HDR.

just open the RAW file from Photoshop - it should get you the RAW file converter dialog. set the contrast to minimum, and set shadow and brightness to 0, and set the exposure so that the histogram is evenly distributed (or centered). then save the image in 16-bit per channel format PSD.

The result is HDR (i.e. higher dynamic range, compared to any 8-bit JPEG extracted from the same RAW).
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25-08-09, 05:30 PM
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Re: Auto Exposure Bracketing

I don't know - that was one of the links I've found - if you get anywhere, post it up with your tips! I'd love to try, am too lazy though

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25-08-09, 06:02 PM
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Re: Auto Exposure Bracketing

You could take the image in RAW and then save off a file with the exposures you want. It's not quite a good as the real thing but doable

Also there's a guide on an HDR alternative by Stanokella in the tips section
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