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Old 23rd October 2018
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Bracketing advice.

I've never used any sort of bracketing on the Olympus cameras I've owned. Now I have an E-P5, which is more versatile than the E3 and E5, I feel I might be missing some useful feature.

What bracketing modes do others find useful (I can't bracket focus on the E-P5)?

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Re: Bracketing advice.

I'm not a massive fan of the bracketing on my Olympus cameras - my previous Pentax DSLR when set to bracket would fire 3 shots when the shutter was depressed - correct, under then over.

Olympus takes a shot per press (if you're in a single shot mode) which resulted in some very odd exposures when I turned on bracketing and then forgot to reset it as only 1 in 3 shots was properly exposed
All user error obviously but frustrating.


When I use bracketing I use an fairly small exposure variation and set "Sequential L" as the shutter mode so it takes the bracketed shots in quick succession but not so fast as to take more than I need.
Handheld and at reasonable shutter speeds these can be merged in Lightroom automatically using the HDR option.


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St Mary's at sunset by AMc UK, on Flickr
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Re: Bracketing advice.

Thanks, I'll give it a try.

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Re: Bracketing advice.

Both my Pen-F and E-M1ii do fantastic bracketing, taking all the shots in a one press of the shutter. I use it extensively with exposure bracketing for landscape shots. It's even better with electronic shutter since it's fast and silent. Apart from the electronic shutter mode, the E-P5 will do the same.

These are the settings you want:

- Sequential H shutter mode
- Bracketing on - AE bracket with range to suit your taste. I go for 5 shots with 1EV gap (so -2, -1, 0, +1, +2)
- HDR off
- Raw on
- Stack later in LR from the raws

I have one of the MySets on my cameras set to these settings.

If you prefer to stack in camera, then turn HDR mode on. That automatically sets sequential IIRC.

BTW, the E-P5 is a lovely camera. If it had had an EVF I'd never have sold mine. Make sure that you're running firmware post v1.4 since that adds EFCS (aka "0s anti-shock" mode). This is essential to avoid shutter shock in certain shutter speed bands. You also need to make sure that you're using that mode of course.
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Re: Bracketing advice.

If you are taking RAW pictures why would multiple exposures be required when with RAW you have a multi stop capabililty in one shot.

So take the RAW image - then in Lightroom make two virtual copies and then add and subtract a stop from the copies and then do the HDR merge
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Re: Bracketing advice.

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If you are taking RAW pictures why would multiple exposures be required when with RAW you have a multi stop capabililty in one shot.

So take the RAW image - then in Lightroom make two virtual copies and then add and subtract a stop from the copies and then do the HDR merge
That's not exposure bracketing

The method you describe will work to a degree but it will probably result in more noise and less headroom adjustment. On the other hand, there's no misalignment or other subject movement to deal with.

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Re: Bracketing advice.

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These are the settings you want:

- Sequential H shutter mode
- Bracketing on - AE bracket with range to suit your taste. I go for 5 shots with 1EV gap (so -2, -1, 0, +1, +2)
- HDR off
- Raw on
- Stack later in LR from the raws
I use Photoshop CS4 and AFAIK I can't stack images in ACR, so unless I learn otherwise, I'll have to stack in PS.

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I have one of the MySets on my cameras set to these settings.
Can I allocate a MySet to the Fn button(say) - I can't see how? It will be pretty inconvenient to go into the menu to select a MySet.

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If you prefer to stack in camera, then turn HDR mode on. That automatically sets sequential IIRC.
Yes, I've see how to do that, but it doesn't do finer than 2 stops. However it can be allocated to the Fn button.

Thanks a lot for the tips, Paul!

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