Exposure bracketing is a simple technique for dealing with the limited dynamic range of digital cameras. If you're not sure how you should expose a photograph and you don't trust your camera to make the right choice, automatic bracketing on professional cameras such as the Nikon D200 can ensure you get the shot. Bracketing is also essential to cutting-edge techniques such as high dynamic range photography.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Nikon D200 digital camera
Turn your camera on, and press the "Menu" button on the back.
Navigate to the "Custom Setting Menu" using your "multi-selector" directional pad.
Choose option "E: Bracketing/Flash."
Select option "E5: Auto BKT Set."
Choose "AE Only," disabling the flash and white balance bracketing.
Preparing to Bracket
Press and hold the "BKT" button on the top left on the back of your camera.
Turn the rear command wheel while holding the "BKT" button to select the number of frames you would like to bracket.
Watch the LCD display on top of your camera as you change your bracketing settings. A display of "0F" indicates the default setting, meaning the camera will bracket zero frames---in effect, bracketing is turned off. A display of "3F" means the camera will bracket three frames, "5F" means five frames and so on. The D200 is capable of bracketing nine frames.
Normal bracketing settings ("3F," "7F," etc.) will bracket with under- and overexposure. For example, a setting of "3F" will cause the camera to shoot one frame underexposed, one frame at correct exposure, and one frame overexposed.
Bracketing settings with a positive or negative symbol indicate that all bracketing will be under- or overexposed. For example, a setting of "-3F" will result in two frames underexposed, plus one correctly exposed frame.
Turn the front command wheel to set the interval between bracketed exposures. The D200 is capable of bracketing up to a full stop (with a display of "1.0") in increments of one-third of a stop. To bracket with one-third of a stop between frames, set the display to "0.3," and to bracket with two-thirds of a stop between frames, set the display to "0.7."
Compose your photograph, and press the shutter release. The camera will automatically apply the bracketing sequence you have selected.
Remember to turn bracketing off when it is no longer needed by holding the "BKT" button and selecting "0F" with the rear command wheel.
Shooting an Auto-Bracket Sequence
Tips and warnings
- Use a tripod to keep your images stable and consistent during the bracketing sequence.
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