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Exposure bracketing

It's a once-in-a-lifetime shot—a colorful sunset fading away across the slow-moving waves of the ocean, perfectly silhouetting a lonely sailboat. You don't want to miss capturing this moment, but the tricky light levels are making the decision on the correct exposure settings a nerve-wracking endeavor. What do you do? You can rely on a technique known as bracketing, where you take several shots of the same scene at different exposures. While traditional photographers usually have to manually change the exposure settings to bracket their shots, most digital cameras have automated this process to make it very easy to use. With bracketing, you can reduce the chance that you'll miss that unique shot by increasing the range of exposures you capture.

Note

While you can bracket by adjusting shutter speed, aperture, or ISO settings, most digital cameras use positive or negative exposure compensation to vary the exposure.



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