Is it possible to shoot in DoF bracketing mode?
Is there a way to configure Nikon cameras (such as my D800) for what could be called a "DoF bracketing" mode? I want to take multiple shots with the same metering, but different DoF. For example, a three shot burst of:
f/1.4, 1/60, iso 100
f/2.0, 1/60, iso 200
f/2.8, 1/60, iso 400
At other times, I'd prefer to have the same exposure instead of the same metering:
f/1.4, 1/4000, iso 100
f/2.0, 1/2000, iso 100
f/2.8, 1/1000, iso 100
Right now the closest I can get is to have different exposure *and* different metering. I'm using M mode, with the "aperture first" custom function (instead of the default of "shutter first"). So I get the following bursts:
f/1.4, 1/4000, iso 100
f/2.0, 1/4000, iso 100
f/2.8, 1/4000, iso 100
However, this is suboptimal for both image quality (noise) and post processing time (adjusting brightness).
Thanks in advanced for the assistance.
#1. "RE: Is it possible to shoot in DoF bracketing mode?" | In response to Reply # 0gpoole Nikonian since 14th Feb 2004Sat 21-Apr-12 10:04 PM | edited Sat 21-Apr-12 11:43 PM by gpoole
I don't think there is any way to do what you want using the Auto Bracketing feature of your camera. But I have a couple of ideas about how to do both what you want with a minimum of effort.
For the first group set your exposure mode to M and and enable Auto ISO. In manual mode and Auto ISO you select the aperture and shutter speed and the camera adjusts the the ISO for correct exposure. Use the Sub-commmand Dial to change the aperture and the camera will adjust the ISO to compensate.
You can get your second example by using P mode and turning the main command dial between exposures. This is Flexible Program. See page 118 of the English manual.
Edited to add: You can also accomplish your second scenario in A or S mode too. Just change the aperture or shutter speed using the appropriate dial, the other setting will change to compensate. I didn't know why I didn't think of that the first time.
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#2. "RE: Is it possible to shoot in DoF bracketing mode?" | In response to Reply # 1daniel_browning Registered since 21st Mar 2012Sun 22-Apr-12 12:32 AM
>I don't think there is any way to do what you want using the
>Auto Bracketing feature of your camera.
Agreed. Thanks for the response, anyway.
>Use the Sub-commmand Dial to change the
>aperture and the camera will adjust the ISO to compensate.
Yeah, that definitely works; only problem is that it's about ten times slower than if the camera does it for me.