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Old 10-25-2012, 01:28 PM   #1
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I have a question do some of you bracket your shots (not for HDR) but to be sure you get the shot?

If so what bracketing amount do you use. I have read where many pro- photographers use bracketing and just wondering if it has a place in railfan photos.
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Old 10-25-2012, 02:39 PM   #2
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I have a question do some of you bracket your shots (not for HDR) but to be sure you get the shot?

If so what bracketing amount do you use. I have read where many pro- photographers use bracketing and just wondering if it has a place in railfan photos.
Shooting RAW seems to take care of the exposure problem. At least for me. I accidently hit the bracketing button once and started getting exposures all over the place with a moving train and ended up with some ruined shots.

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Old 10-25-2012, 02:50 PM   #3
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Hard to bracket a moving train as there is usually an ideal spot you want to capture it in and they don't stand still for a second or third shot in that spot. I do sometimes bracket stationary objects and landscapes, etc.
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Why would you bracket with a digital camera just to make sure you get the shot? I don't see the point as you are able to see your image's exposure instantly along with a histogram on many cameras.
Bracketing is a film technique which is now great for HDR in the digital world.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:39 PM   #5
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No, not unless I am doing an HDR.

Planning the shot out correctly and setting the exposure and f-stop ahead of time solves the problem.
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:51 PM   #6
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I voted sometimes because, while I don't do HDR per se, I only use it for multiple exposures. I find that getting the exposure right beforehand is better than saying 'Well, the train was in the wrong spot in the correctly exposed one'
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Old 10-25-2012, 08:12 PM   #7
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I honestly see no point in bracketing unless your going to do HDR, thats the only time I use it. Bracketing a moving train is dumb imo, better to get your exposure right to begin with so you can focus on getting the composition right.
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I do once a year in late March, early April. I usually suck at it though. One time the bracket was won by a girl picking on the team nickname.
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I do once a year in late March, early April. I usually suck at it though. One time the bracket was won by a girl picking on the team nickname.
Is it sad that you had me confused for a second there?
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Old 10-26-2012, 12:50 AM   #10
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Before I answer, which railroad are we referring to?

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