Sunsets Stream - Day 4 - Bracketing :: Digital Photo Secrets

Sunsets Stream - Day 4 - Bracketing

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Today's Topic: Bracketing

Your camera’s light meter works fine for regular photos, but does not work so well when photographing sunsets. There is a large ball of very bright light in the image that the camera doesn’t quite know what to do with. So it’s useful to bracket your sunset images to make sure your image is not too dark or too bright.

Main Article - Bracketing

Extra reading (if you have more time):

Article - What is Exposure Bracketing? (Digital Photo Secrets)
Article - How to Bracket without Auto-Bracketing (Digital Photo Secrets)
Article - Bracketing Exposures (Geoff Lawrence)
Article - Exposure Bracketing (All Things Photography)
Article - What Is... Exposure Bracketing (Photoxels)
Article - Automatic Exposure Bracketing (AEB) Explained (Alex Wise Photography)


Beginner Challenge

Getting the exposure just right isn’t easy, in fact it’s almost impossible as the light levels change quickly as the sun goes down. Bracket a set of shots then when you get them back to your PC look closely at each of them and post the best of the bunch. Try to include some detail in the foreground if at all possible, it’ll help with scale.

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Intermediate Challenge

A set of shots processed into a single HDR image will let you get the best of the colors in the sky without losing too much foreground detail. Take a shot that includes both land and water as well as well as that glorious sunset and process it using HDR.

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Advanced Challenge

Sunsets look good but it’s worth remembering that you’re shooting during the golden hour too and you can make the most of the quality of the light too. Take a shot that shows a sporty car with the sun setting behind it. Use HDR processing to make sure you don’t lose any of the detail. Your shot must be detailed enough to use as a sales picture.

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Photo Critiques

As part of the Dash, I'll be providing feedback on your photos by selecting three images per topic per stream and asking my pro photographers (who critique the images for Dash Assist) to provide some feedback. Over the entire Dash you'll see pro reviews of 24 photos. I'll be selecting some great images, and some not-so-great photos, so you can see why the great ones look great, and how to improve the rest.

How do you get YOUR image selected? Simply upload your image to Dash Insider and I'll see it when I'm selecting the images to critique.

What's Next?

I'll send your next topic "Silhouettes" on 14 May.


Are you overwhelmed with all this new content I'm sending you? Don't be! You don't need to complete everything right away. To break things down into manageable chunks, I've written a checklist showing you what to do each day, and what you can skip.

General Information

For more general information about the Dash, see the Getting Started document.

Dash Insider

If you haven't done so already, I recommend you get involved with Dash Insider - our private community. See your email for the password to access this system, and I have created a few videos showing you how to login and navigate the site.

How to Upload Your Photo

See the third video on the Dash Insider Login Tutorials page for a rundown on how to upload.

Receiving A Great Critique

See the separate post on giving and receiving feedback for help on soliciting great feedback on your images.

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