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Custom Bracketing

CameraRC Deluxe Professional Edition includes a Custom Bracketing that allows creating bracket sequences that span any number of Exposure Values and can use any number of shots. From the Bracketing panel Custom Bracketing is enabled by selecting Custom from the Bracketing Mode. The Bracketing Panel will then display the following controls.

 

 

Custom brackets are stored in files that can be loaded by clicking on the Custom Bracket Selector to the right of the Custom Bracket control. The Custom Bracket control contains the name of the custom bracket file currently loaded.  A new Custom bracket can be created or an existing bracket edited by clicking on the Create Custom Bracket control that will open the Custom Bracket Settings dialog. The Bracket Repeat control allows repeating the Custom Bracket up to 9999 times; a setting of 0 indicates to execute the Custom Bracket sequence one time. The Stop Custom Bracket is used to stop the current Custom Bracket Sequence and reset to the start of the sequence. In Custom Bracket mode Single Shot Bracketing is always enabled. Custom Brackets require the Exposure Mode for the camera be set to Manual Exposure Mode. Custom Brackets can be used while in Live View.

 

Custom Bracket Setting Dialog

The Custom Bracket Setting Dialog is used to create and modify Custom Bracket Sequences. As shown in the Custom Bracket Setting Dialog form below a Custom Bracket shot can vary four parameters as part of the shot; the Shutter Speed, Aperture, Sensitivity (ISO), and After Shot Delay. Each of these can either be set to an absolute value, or to a relative value based on the initial control setting.

 

When the Preset is checked beside the control, the shot setting is relative to the initial setting of the Camera. For example, if at the start of the bracket sequence the Shutter Speed is set to 1/500 sec and Preset setting of -1 EV is indicated, then the shot will be made at 1 EV below 1/500 sec or at 1/250 sec. Settings of up to plus and minus 16 EV can be specified - If a setting exceeds the available control value, then the maximum or minimum value will be set; no warning or error will be indicated under these circumstance.

 

When the Preset is not checked the control will provide actual values available at the camera - for example, the actual shutter speed or aperture value can be selected.

 

The After Shot Delay allows specifying a delay of 0 to 9999 seconds following a shot.

 

 

 

Creating a Custom Bracket Sequence

A Custom Bracket Sequence consists of 1 or more Custom Bracket shots. To create a new Sequence set the Shutter Speed, Aperture, Sensitivity, and optionally the After Shot Delay for a Shot and then press the Add button; this will add the shot to the Custom Bracket Shot Display List on the right that shows the shots in the sequence. As each shot is added it is placed at the end of the shot list. The order of the shots can be changed by clicking on Shot in the Shot Display Window and then using the Move Up and Move Down buttons to move the shot to a different position in the sequence. An optional Comment can be added to the file for saving information about the Bracket Sequence. There is one Comment for the file.

 

Once the shots for the Custom Bracket have been entered the Save or Save As... buttons can be used to save the Custom Bracket sequence to a file. When saved the name of the file minus any path or extension will be display as the Custom Name. When done entering Custom Bracket sequences click on the Exit button to return to the main program section.

 

The values available for setting of the Shutter Speed and Aperture are determined by the setting of the EV Steps Exposure Control; On most Cameras this can be set to 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps. Some Camera models also allows setting the EV Steps to 1 EV step and on some older cameras is fixed to a value of 1/3 step. The EV Steps Exposure Control setting is stored in the Custom Bracket file and the camera is set to the stored value when a Custom Bracket file is loaded. If an incompatible setting is used for the Camera currently attached it will generate an error and the file cannot be used with that Camera Model. For compatibility with all cameras use and EV Step size of 1/3 EV Step.

 

The values available for setting of the Sensitivity are determined by the setting of the ISO Sensitivity Step; On Advanced Camera Models (Excluding the Df) this control can an be set to 1/3, 1/2, or 1 EV steps. For all other camera models the Sensitivity Steps is fixed to a value of 1/3 EV step. The ISO Sensitivity Step setting is stored in the Custom Bracket file and the camera is set to the stored value when a Custom Bracket file is loaded. If an incompatible setting is used for the Camera currently attached it will generate an error and the file cannot be used with that Camera Model. For compatibility with all cameras use and Sensitivity Step size of 1/3 EV Step.

 

Edit a Custom Bracket Shot

To edit a shot in a Custom Bracket sequence first load the desired Custom Bracket file.  Once the file is load selected the shot to change by clicking on the shot in the Custom Bracket Shot Display List. When the shot is selected its values will be displayed on the left side of the display in the  Shutter Speed, Aperture, Sensitivity, and After Shot Delay fields. Make any desired changes to the shot and press the Modify button to apply the changes.

 

To delete a shot in a Custom Bracket sequence first load the desired Custom Bracket file.  Once the file is load selected the shot to delete by clicking on the shot in the Custom Bracket Shot Display List. Then click the Delete button to remove the shot.

 

When done making changes to the Custom Bracket sequence press the Save button to save the settings and then Exit to return to the main program section.

 

 

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