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Old Aug 10, 2009, 4:59 PM   #1
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Default Auto bracketing, is it still helpful?

With having software to alter photos from lighter to darker with a nice slider, how helpful is auto bracketing? I am sure it is helpful to compare several photos from a little darker to brighter, but does it offer something you can't do with your editing software? I used to use bracketing all the time on my Canon Elan film camera, but now my current digital camera does not have it, and I am not sure what benifit you get from this option with digital cameras.

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Old Aug 10, 2009, 5:17 PM   #2
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With having software to alter photos from lighter to darker with a nice slider, how helpful is auto bracketing? I am sure it is helpful to compare several photos from a little darker to brighter, but does it offer something you can't do with your editing software? I used to use bracketing all the time on my Canon Elan film camera, but now my current digital camera does not have it, and I am not sure what benifit you get from this option with digital cameras.

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I was wondering the same thing.

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Old Aug 10, 2009, 5:27 PM   #3
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If you have blown out the highlights, no software will recover the details. It is more likely that you can recover from underexposure at the cost of increased noise.

When looking at all the wonderful stuff editing software can do, keep in mind the one unbreakable rule in photography (and life): TANSTAAFL = There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.
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When light is iffy, or when there is a lot of contrast in a scene, I use auto-bracketing quite a bit. As Bill mentions, blown highlights will stymie editing software (an exception, if not too far blown - Raw Therapee, and some other Raw conversion software can recover highlights - with varying success)
For high contrast scenes, I often bracket in order to later combine for HDR images. Done 'correctly' (IOW, the way I do it), it can look very natural and still give you the additional shadow detail.

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I'm another that uses auto bracketing both in difficult lighting situations (like snow) and to use for doing HDR later on. While you can underexpose a shot and then increase the exposure with software, you'll add quite a bit of noise if you push it too far, and there's also a limit to how much you can recover.
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