Bracket Photos with a Nikon D3100

Discussion in 'Photography' started by David Portabella, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. David Portabella, Aug 1, 2011
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  2. David Portabella

    Savageduck Guest

    The D3100 is an entry level DSLR with a very short feature list, and
    bracketing is one of the things you will not find on that list.
    Savageduck, Aug 1, 2011
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  3. David Portabella

    PeterN Guest

    You might consider this website as chock full of good Nikon information.

    PeterN, Aug 2, 2011
  4. David Portabella

    NM5K Guest

    I would think so. Even my cheap Sony P&S can do bracket
    exposures at least three different variations. ".3,.7,1.0"
    for sure that I know of.. I would think any Nikon should
    have that. If it didn't, I would have to chortle at the
    NM5K, Aug 2, 2011
  5. David Portabella

    NM5K Guest

    Well, dang.. Let the chortling begin.. :)
    I would have thought *any* Nikon would have that..
    Even my Sony P&S has that.. :/
    Who would have thunk it..
    NM5K, Aug 2, 2011
  6. David Portabella

    Savageduck Guest

    D3000 & D3100, no bracketing.
    Savageduck, Aug 2, 2011
  7. David Portabella

    Savageduck Guest

    We are here to inform, entertain and amuse, and I guess I was successful.
    Savageduck, Aug 2, 2011
  8. David Portabella

    Robert Coe Guest

    : On 2011-08-01 14:33:23 -0700, David Portabella
    : <> said:
    : > Nikon D70 has the option "Brackets" to take several photos with
    : > different exposure.
    : >
    : >
    : > is there that option or similar for Nikon D3100?
    : > how?
    : >
    : > regards,
    : > David
    : The D3100 is an entry level DSLR with a very short feature list,
    : and bracketing is one of the things you will not find on that list.

    Dares a Canonian to speculate that the feature was merely omitted from the
    firmware for crass marketing reasons? ;^)

    Robert Coe, Aug 2, 2011
  9. David Portabella

    Savageduck Guest

    Who knows?
    I suspect it was because Nikon figured out that buyers of low spec
    entry level DSLR's were probably buying them for the superficiality of
    the "look" and had no idea what bracketing meant.
    ....or anything else regarding DSLR photography for that matter.
    Savageduck, Aug 2, 2011
  10. David Portabella

    tony cooper Guest

    It confuses me. I used to have a Nikon P&S that had bracketing
    shooting, and it was one of their less expensive models. It also took
    superb close-up shots in the "macro" mode.

    Loved that little camera as my carry-about pocket camera, but it's now
    resting on the bottom of the St John's River as a result of an
    ill-planned change of positions with my wife while we were in a canoe.

    No "bow to stern position?" jokes, please.
    tony cooper, Aug 2, 2011
  11. David Portabella

    Savageduck Guest

    I also find it strange that they omitted a feature such as bracketing.
    I suspect it might actually have something to do with the incredibly
    slow nominal frame rate of 3fps, which in real World terms works out at
    about 2.3fps.
    My D300s on the other hand has a frame rate of 8fps, and can bracket up
    to 9 exposures.

    My G11, and my FujiFilm E900 will bracket 3 frames with up to 1.0
    adjustment. The only Nikon P&S I had pass through my hands, the CP771
    only had a "best shot" feature, and I didn't think that was well
    Savageduck, Aug 2, 2011
  12. David Portabella

    NM5K Guest

    On 8/1/2011 10:13 PM, Savageduck wrote:
    I couldn't imagine a higher end camera not being bracket
    capable. Not that the 3100 is high end among the Nikon
    DSLR's, but being a DSLR, it would still be considered
    a higher end camera to me. All DSLR's should be capable of
    I use bracketing 95% of the time. Not only does it give
    me exposure choices, but it also gives me options if the
    focus is off on one.. If it one is out, it's usually the
    first shot for me. So I usually pick the sharpest image
    regardless of the exposure. I tend to prefer the darker
    exposures as it reduces washouts on whites, etc, and the
    clouds stand out from the sky better. But some in dim light
    I will go with the brighter one to reduce noise.
    Anyway, I don't think I could live without bracketing.
    About the only time I don't use it would be flash shots
    where it won't let me. I probably use .3 the most.. Not a
    huge difference.. Sometimes I'll use .7 if I'm worried
    about washed out bright areas.
    Another case of bean counters overruling engineers I
    I guess I won't ever be owning a D3100.. :/
    NM5K, Aug 2, 2011
  13. David Portabella

    Savageduck Guest

    The D3100 still has +/- 5 stop @ 1/3 stop step exposure comp.

    I would take a look at the D5100, or the D7000, with 3 frame bracketing.
    Savageduck, Aug 2, 2011
  14. David Portabella

    PeterN Guest

    But yet you can bracket. Use manual mode. Yeh! you have to know what you
    are doing.
    PeterN, Aug 2, 2011
  15. David Portabella

    PeterN Guest

    I like the articulating viewfinder on the 5100.
    PeterN, Aug 2, 2011
  16. David Portabella

    Savageduck Guest

    True. However, depending on your reasons for bracketing, a good working
    knowledge of the camera, and a practiced technique are going to be
    needed. If the purpose is HDR, a tripod will be essential.
    It it so much simpler to have auto-bracketing available via a single
    push of the shutter release button.
    ....but you would certainly learn the fundamentals.
    Savageduck, Aug 2, 2011
  17. David Portabella

    realized Guest

    Don’t be afraid even without being able to bracket. Setup a tripod and
    be careful. If you are trying to HDR... chances are you can't handhold
    it anyways and would need a tripod regardless. Learn the hard way and
    when you upgrade you will be ahead of the curve.

    So while you can't bracket, you can still manage to manually shoot at
    dif exposures =)
    realized, Aug 3, 2011
  18. David Portabella

    Savageduck Guest

    It is always a good idea to check the rest of the thread before
    responding. Then you will discover you are going over ground already

    ....and you might notice that most folks here don't top post.
    Savageduck, Aug 3, 2011
  19. David Portabella

    NM5K Guest

    Doesn't have anything to do with being able to, or not being
    able to shoot with bracketing. That's not the point.
    For me, the point is that I would not buy a camera that doesn't
    provide it, as it's a feature I use a lot. Sure, I could take
    shots at different exposures, and yes, even my cheap camera will
    allow me to do that also. I think I have 2 stops plus or minus, but
    I'd have to double check to be sure. But I use that much less
    than I do bracketing. And yes, I own a tripod, but I shoot
    hand held 90% of the time. I don't do HDR at this point.
    Anyway, I'm quite capable of doing it the "hard way".
    The film cameras I used in a past life could only dream of
    such a feature. But they had an excuse. :/
    The reasons I like bracketing are several.. I get different
    exposures, I get multiple shots in case any are out of focus,
    and I just like the idea of getting three chances at any one
    picture I'm taking. And if there is any movement, I get three
    choices of the results.
    If the cheap Sony W290 I use supports bracketing, any Nikon
    DSLR should, the way I see it. Myself, I demand it, and if they
    don't include it, I wouldn't buy it and would look for something
    It's just a feature I find very handy, and I would have never
    dreamed a Nikon DSLR would omit that fairly simple, and I thought
    fairly mundane function.
    I thought almost all modern digital cameras had it including
    most of the P&S models.
    Like I say, it's bean counters overruling engineers if it's not
    on a Nikon DSLR. :(
    NM5K, Aug 4, 2011
  20. David Portabella

    PeterN Guest

    On 8/4/2011 3:08 AM, NM5K wrote:

    Not bean counters, marketing. If you look at the entire line, it
    probably costs more to omit features. But, then they want to give you an
    incentive to purchase a more expensive model.
    PeterN, Aug 4, 2011
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