So you bought a drone. Great. Now you’ve done some flying and are looking into the different shooting modes that this flying camera possesses. You see AEB mode. You click into it and still have no idea what this mode is. Don’t you worry! Once you understand this aeb mode you can utilize it for your Drone work forever.

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What is the AEB Shooting Mode?

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AEB means Auto Exposure Bracketing. Depending on which setting you choose, the camera will take either 3 or 5 shots at different exposure levels. These shots will be merged later to create one ideally exposed HDR (High Dynamic Range) image.

How do I shoot in AEB Mode?

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Shooting in AEB mode is very straightforward and simple. Access your shooting mode menu and then click on AEB. Decide if you want to shoot in a set of 3 or 5 and then compose your shot. Once your shot is ready, click the on screen or on remote camera button and let the sequence be captured.

How do I merge my images together

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The sequence of shots will provide you with an underexposed, normal, and overexposed images. The next step is merge the 3 pictures into an HDR photo and utilize each composition into a single shot. For you Lightroom users, right click one of the images after you have selected them and select Photo Merge –> HDR MERGE.

Allow the images to process and hit merge in Top right. Job Complete.

When and WHY should you use this AEB shooting method?

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I always use AEB when shooting Real Estate exteriors for clients. I also use it in any other shooting scenario but my primary use is for Real Estate. I’ve found that capturing three images and merging them into one, decreases a “missed shot” and improves your likelihood of a cleaner image.

Other Tips with AEB Shooting

RAW – Shoot RAW, always. Your creative ability in post processing outshines JPG by light years.

Conditions – Like any other time shooting, plan for where you will be flying. The ideal scenario for AEB shooting is not in windy conditions. You want to be able to capture the same moment 3 times in similar fashion and not have any major movements

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Thanks for reading and hope this has helped anyone who shoots in AEB!

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