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| p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Best way to do bracketing for HDR on 5D MK II? || |
There is no way of getting 5 bracketed without touching the camera. Autobracket only does 3 frames with maximum difference of 2 stops. So even with +2 and minus 2 or, down 2 with -4 and even, or up 2 with +4 and even, for example.
Most people think that 3 is enough - including me. Practically more than 3 is a pain to organize and the files are going to be huge.
1) Here is my technique - shoot a test shot. Check the histogram and adjust the exposure until not much is blinking and the exposure it to the right. If you don't do this, my experience is that you are risking banding in the shadows because the hdr will pull the details out but the noise will be tough. Getting the middle exposure right is most important. Then I delete it(s). Otherwise you will have a hard time organizing and figuring out which are in the chosen hdr's.
2) Best to set a color balance, manual focus, and manual everything - but color balance and focus being most important.
3) I used heavy tripod. I used mirror lockup. I used remote shutter (connected) release. And quickly take three shots.
4) If you really want 5 exposures, I would go to town and set the first at -2, bracket then -1 and bracket and then + +1 and +2 and bracket, and throw out the redundant ones. Touching the camera will not cause problems because HDR software will auto align and if you have a good tripod with a light touch, you will be okay. This will give you exposures from -4 to +4 in 1 stop increments (9 exposures). If you want to shoot less, my experience is that moving down stops is more important, because the darks are harder. 5 would be the similar technique throwing more out as needed. My shooting friend has a Nikon and it does 5 autobrackets, and I have not seen an advantage with him clicking away.
Try 3 and then 9 and see if it makes a difference. Not likely if you get the eposure right on the first one.