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Bracketing Basics

CameraRC provides bracketing support for all Nikon Cameras. There are three modes of bracketing available, Standard, Extended, and Custom bracketing. You select the bracketing mode using the Bracket Mode Control


Standard bracketing is supported by most, but not all, Nikon Cameras (D40, D40X, D60, D80, and D200 are excluded). The bracketing capabilities vary by camera model with some supporting HDR bracketing. In Standard and the bracketing control takes place inside the camera itself. See the Bracket Mode Control for information on bracketing constraints.


Extended bracketing is a feature of CameraRC and is supported for all Nikon Cameras. Extended bracketing provides exposure bracketing only and the bracketing control is done by CameraRC. Extended bracketing is only available when the Exposure Mode is set to Manual, Aperture, Shutter Speed, or Program Mode.


Custom bracketing is a feature of the CameraRC Deluxe professional edition and is supported for all Nikon Cameras. Custom bracketing is only available when the Exposure Mode is set to Manual. Custom bracketing  allows creating a sequence of shots that can use any combination of shutter speed, aperture, and sensitivity (ISO). Find out more about Custom bracketing in the section on Custom Bracketing.


The Single Shot Bracketing Control is used to have CameraRC automatically take the full bracket sequence. When using Single Shot Bracketing the Shooting Mode for the camera must be set to a continuous mode. Brackets can also be shot manually taking a single shot at a time or by setting the shot count to the number of images in the bracket. You can cancel the bracket sequence by changing the Bracket Mode to None while racket shooting is in progress.


Standard Bracketing 

To use Standard bracketing first select Standard from the Bracket Mode Control. Next select the type of Auto Bracketing to use from the Auto Bracketing Set control; the types of auto-bracketing available are dependent on the camera model.


The various settings for the type of bracketing selected can now be set. As changes are made to the bracketing the bracketing display will visually show information about the bracketing shots to be taken. 


Notice that when bracket shooting the Shot Count can only be set to 1 or equal to the remaining shots. If this is set incorrectly you will get a warning message. You can check the Single Shot Bracketing control to cause the shot count to automatically be set to the current remaining bracket shots. Single Shot Bracketing can only be enabled if the Shooting Mode is set to a continuous release setting. On some Nikon models (D300, D300S, D3, D700) the Live View Release Mode must be set to a continuous release setting to shot multiple shots on a single release. 


Note that when shooting in bracket mode with Auto Bracket Set to "AE Only" or "AE & Flash" with Manual Exposure that some Nikon Cameras do not allow changing the Shutter Speed and/or Aperture when bracketing is enabled. In Manual Exposure Mode make any changes to the Shutter Speed and Aperture prior to enabling bracketing. 


Extended Bracketing

Extended Bracketing enables exposure bracketing with all Nikon Cameras supported by CameraRC. Extended bracketing is accomplished by varying the Shutter Speed when in Manual Exposure Mode or using the Exposure Compensation Control while in Aperture, Shutter Speed, or Program Exposure Modes; this allows CameraRC to provide bracketing of at least plus and minus 5 EV. When shooting Extended Brackets, CameraRC requires the Exposure Compensation Control to be set to a value of 0 and that the Auto ISO be disabled.


When shooting a Extended bracket sequence the Target Exposure is the current setting of the Aperture and Shutter speed in Manual Exposure mode, or the automatic exposure as selected by the camera in all other Exposure Modes. There will always be an exposure made at the Target Exposure


When Shutter Speed or Program Exposure Mode is selected the Aperture will vary with the changing exposure; this could lead to changes in the apparent focus due to depth of field changes.


Creating an Extended Bracket

Select Extended from the Bracket Mode Control.

Set the Exposure Increment to the step size to use for the bracketing. The increments available for the bracket vary depending on whether you are shooting in Manual Exposure or one of the other exposure modes. In Manual Exposure mode if the camera supports the EV Steps Exposure Control  then the setting for the Exposure Increment will depend on that setting; otherwise it will default to 1/3 EV. In all other Exposure Modes the Exposure Increment is based on the Exp Comp/Fine Tune Control if the control is supported by the camera; otherwise the Exposure Increment will default to 1/3 EV.

Set the Number of Shots for the desired total number of shots for the bracket. The Number of Shots available depends on the Exposure Increment size with more shots available with smaller increments.

Set the Shots Under Control to the number of shots to be shot at under the Target Exposure; this can set to a value between 0 and one less than the number of shots for the bracket 

Define where the Target Exposure should be made using the Target Exposure Control. The Target Exposure can be either the first shot, last shot, or be shot at its natural location in the bracket sequence.

Define the Bracket Sequence using the Bracket Sequence Control. The Bracket Sequence can be set to shoot from Low to High exposure, High to Low exposure, or to Alternate around the Target Exposure. In Alternate sequence the Number of Shots must be set to an odd number and one-half of the shots will always be shot below the Target Exposure.


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