Understanding Bracketing in the Sony A7s

In this lesson we’ll go through bracketing features in the Sony A7s. We’ll cover:

  • What is bracketing?
  • The two types of bracketing in the A7s
  • What the limits of the A7s are in terms of bracketing
  • The bracketing order
  • Merging images to HDR

Here’s the video:

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Here’s the chart shown in the video displaying the limits of the A7s in terms of bracketing (click to enlarge):

BracketingChart

 

The camera has a native dynamic range of about 14 stops in raw mode, and close to that in JPEG mode. Most of the time, you’ll be using a 1 or 2 stop EV. It’s a rare scene that will need a 26 stop bracket.

 

Takeaways

  • Use Single Bracketing for timelapses.
  • Use Continuous Bracketing for still HDR photography where the scene changes quickly from shot to shot.
  • The higher the brackets the more precise the HDR. E.g., use 5 images over 3 whenever possible.

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