Bracketing automatically varies exposure, flash level, Active D-Lighting (ADL), or white balance slightly with each shot, “bracketing” the current value. Bracketing can be used in situations in which getting the right settings is difficult and there is not time to check results and adjust settings with each shot, or to experiment with different settings for the same subject.

Auto Bracketing Set

Bracketing is adjusted using the [Auto bracketing] > [Auto bracketing set] item in the photo shooting menu, which contains the following options:

Option

Description

[AE & flash bracketing]

The camera varies exposure and flash level over a series of photographs.

[AE bracketing]

The camera varies exposure over a series of photographs.

[Flash bracketing]

The camera varies flash level over a series of photographs.

[WB bracketing]

The camera creates multiple copies of each photograph, each with a different white balance.

[ADL bracketing]

The camera varies Active D-Lighting (ADL) over a series of exposures.

Exposure and Flash Bracketing

Vary exposure and/or flash level over a series of photographs. To perform exposure and/or flash bracketing:

No exposure compensation

−1 EV

+1 EV

  1. Choose the number of shots.

    • Hold the BKT button and rotate the main command dial to choose the number of shots in the bracketing sequence.

    • At settings other than [0F], a bracketing icon and indicator will appear in the shooting display and control panel.

  2. Select an exposure increment.

    • Hold the BKT button and rotate the sub-command dial to choose the exposure increment.

    • When [1/3 step] is selected for Custom Setting b2 [EV steps for exposure cntrl], the size of the increment can be chosen from 0.3 (1/3), 0.7 (2/3), 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 EV. Bracketing programs with an increment of 2.0 or 3.0 EV offer a maximum of 5 shots. If a value of 7 or 9 was selected in Step 1, the number of shots will automatically be set to 5.

    • The bracketing programs with an increment of 0.3 EV are listed below.

      Control panel

      Exposure and flash bracketing indicator

      No. of shots

      Bracketing order

      0F

      0.3

      0

      0

      3F

      0.3

      3

      0/−0.3/+0.3

      5F

      0.3

      5

      0/−0.7/−0.3/+0.3/+0.7

      7F

      0.3

      7

      0/−1.0/−0.7/−0.3/
      +0.3/+0.7/+1.0

      9F

      0.3

      9

      0/−1.3/−1.0/−0.7/−0.3/
      +0.3/+0.7/+1.0/+1.3

  3. Take pictures.
    • Take the number of pictures in the bracketing program.

    • The modified values for shutter speed and aperture are shown in the display.

    • While bracketing is in effect, the shooting display shows a bracketing icon, a bracketing progress indicator, and the number of shots remaining in the bracketing sequence. After each shot, a segment will disappear from the indicator and the number of shots remaining will be reduced by one.

      No. shots: 3

      Increment: 0.7

      Display after first shot

    • The control panel shows a M icon and a bracketing progress indicator. A segment disappears from the indicator after each shot.

      No. shots: 3

      Increment: 0.7

      Display after first shot

    • Exposure changes due to bracketing are added to those made with exposure compensation.

Bracketing Options

When [AE & flash bracketing] is selected, the camera varies both exposure and flash level. Select [AE bracketing] to vary only exposure, [Flash bracketing] to vary only flash level. Note that flash bracketing is available in i-TTL and, where supported, auto aperture (qA) flash control modes only (i-TTL Flash Control, Compatible Flash Units).

Exposure and Flash Bracketing
  • [Number of shots] and [Increment] can also be selected via the [Auto bracketing] item in the photo shooting menu.

  • In continuous release modes, shooting will pause after the number of shots specified in the bracketing program have been taken. Shooting will resume the next time the shutter-release button is pressed.

  • If the camera is turned off before all shots in the sequence have been taken, bracketing will resume from the first shot in the sequence when the camera is turned on.

Exposure Bracketing

The settings (shutter speed and/or aperture) altered during exposure bracketing vary with the shooting mode.

Mode

Setting

P

Shutter speed and aperture 1

S

Aperture 1

A

Shutter speed 1

M

Shutter speed 2, 3

  1. If [ON] is selected for [ISO sensitivity settings] > [Auto ISO sensitivity control] in the photo shooting menu, the camera will automatically vary ISO sensitivity for optimum exposure when the limits of the camera exposure system are exceeded.

  2. If [ON] is selected for [ISO sensitivity settings] > [Auto ISO sensitivity control] in the photo shooting menu, the camera will vary ISO sensitivity.

  3. Use Custom Setting e6 [Auto bracketing (mode M)] to choose whether the camera varies both shutter speed and aperture or any one of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity when [OFF] is selected for [ISO sensitivity settings] > [Auto ISO sensitivity control] in the photo shooting menu.

Cancelling Bracketing

To cancel bracketing, press the BKT button and rotate the main command dial until the number of shots in the bracketing sequence is zero (0F). The program last in effect will be restored the next time bracketing is activated. Bracketing can also be cancelled by performing a two-button reset (Two-Button Reset), although in this case the bracketing program will not be restored the next time bracketing is activated.

White Balance Bracketing

The camera creates multiple copies of each photograph, each with a different white balance. To use white balance bracketing:

  1. Choose the number of shots.

    • Hold the BKT button and rotate the main command dial to choose the number of shots in the bracketing sequence.

    • At settings other than [0F], a bracketing icon and indicator will appear in the shooting display and control panel.

  2. Select a white balance increment.

    • Hold the BKT button and rotate the sub-command dial to choose the white balance increment.

    • The size of the increment can be chosen from 1 (1 step), 2 (2 steps), or 3 (3 steps).

    • Each step is equivalent to 5 mired. Higher “A” values correspond to increased amounts of amber. Higher “B” values correspond to increased amounts of blue.

    • The bracketing programs with an increment of 1 are listed below.

      Control panel

      White balance bracketing indicator

      No. of shots

      White balance increment

      Bracketing order

      0F

      1

      0

      1

      0

      3F

      1

      3

      1A, 1B

      0/A1/B1

      5F

      1

      5

      1A, 1B

      0/A2/A1/B1/B2

      7F

      1

      7

      1A, 1B

      0/A3/A2/A1/
      B1/B2/B3

      9F

      1

      9

      1A, 1B

      0/A4/A3/A2/A1/
      B1/B2/B3/B4

  3. Take pictures.
    • Each shot will be processed to create the number of copies specified in the bracketing program, and each copy will have a different white balance.

    • Modifications to white balance are added to the white balance adjustment made with white balance fine-tuning.

    • If the number of shots in the bracketing program is greater than the number of exposures remaining, the shutter release will be disabled. Shooting can begin when a new memory card is inserted.

White Balance Bracketing Restrictions

White balance bracketing is not available at image quality settings of NEF (RAW) or NEF (RAW) + JPEG.

White Balance Bracketing
  • [Number of shots] and [Increment] can also be selected via the [Auto bracketing] item in the photo shooting menu.

  • White balance bracketing affects only color temperature (the amber–blue axis in the white balance fine-tuning display). No adjustments are made on the green–magenta axis.

  • If the camera is turned off while the memory card access lamp is lit, the camera will power off only after all photographs in the sequence have been recorded.

  • In self-timer mode, the number of copies specified in the white balance bracketing program will be created each time the shutter is released, regardless of the option selected for Custom Setting c2 [Self-timer] > [Number of shots].

Cancelling Bracketing

To cancel bracketing, press the BKT button and rotate the main command dial until the number of shots in the bracketing sequence is zero (0F). The program last in effect will be restored the next time bracketing is activated. Bracketing can also be cancelled by performing a two-button reset (Two-Button Reset), although in this case the bracketing program will not be restored the next time bracketing is activated.

ADL Bracketing

The camera varies Active D-Lighting (ADL) over a series of exposures. To use ADL bracketing:

  1. Choose the number of shots.

    • Hold the BKT button and rotate the main command dial to choose the number of shots in the bracketing sequence.

    • At settings other than [0F], a bracketing icon and indicator will appear in the shooting display and control panel.

    • The number of shots determines the bracketing sequence:

      No. of shots

      Bracketing sequence

      2

      [Off] → Value selected in Step 2

      3

      [Off] → [Low] → [Normal]

      4

      [Off] → [Low] → [Normal] → [High]

      5

      [H1]

      [Off] → [Low] → [Normal] → [High] → [Extra high 1]

      [H2]

      [Low] → [Normal] → [High] → [Extra high 1] → [Extra high 2]

    • If you selected 5 shots, you can choose from bracketing sequences [H1] and [H2] by holding the BKT button and rotating the sub-command dial.

    • If you chose more than two shots, proceed to Step 3.

  2. Choose the Active D-Lighting amount.

    • Hold the BKT button and rotate the sub-command dial to choose the Active D-Lighting setting for the second shot when the number of shots in the bracketing sequence is 2.

    • The bracketing sequence varies with the Active D-Lighting amount as follows:

      Amount

      Bracketing sequence

      [L]

      [Off] → [Low]

      [N]

      [Off] → [Normal]

      [H]

      [Off] → [High]

      [H1]

      [Off] → [Extra high 1]

      [H2]

      [Off] → [Extra high 2]

      [AUTO]

      [Off] → [Auto]

  3. Take pictures.
    • Take the number of pictures in the bracketing program.

    • While bracketing is in effect, the shooting display shows an ADL bracketing icon and the number of shots remaining in the bracketing sequence. After each shot, the number of shots remaining will be reduced by one.

    • The control panel shows a M icon and a bracketing progress indicator. A segment disappears from the indicator after each shot.

      No. shots: 3

      Display after first shot

ADL Bracketing
  • [Number of shots] and [Amount] can also be selected via the [Auto bracketing] item in the photo shooting menu.

  • In continuous release modes, shooting will pause after the number of shots specified in the bracketing program have been taken. Shooting will resume the next time the shutter-release button is pressed.

  • If the camera is turned off before all shots in the sequence have been taken, bracketing will resume from the first shot in the sequence when the camera is turned on.

Cancelling Bracketing

To cancel bracketing, press the BKT button and rotate the main command dial until the number of shots in the bracketing sequence is zero (0F). The program last in effect will be restored the next time bracketing is activated. Bracketing can also be cancelled by performing a two-button reset (Two-Button Reset), although in this case the bracketing program will not be restored the next time bracketing is activated.