Ming Cai Shows How to Make Six Auto Bracket Exposures with Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 Cameras

One really big thing I have been hoping that Fujifilm will fix in firmware for its Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 APS-C cameras very soon is their automatic exposure bracketing functionality. Right now both cameras only allow 3 brackets to make landscape, cityscape or interiors High Dynamic Range (HDR) photographs at times when 5 or more brackets are more beneficial. 

Three-bracket handheld HDR processed in Macphun Aurora HDR 2017, exported to DxO ViewPoint 3 for optical correction then exported to Luminar for finishing. I am looking forward to Aurora and Luminar gaining optical and perspective correction functions. Under bright sunlight like this, 3 brackets are enough, but I would definitely want to use 5 brackets or more if shooting the same scene during sunrise or sunset.

Since Macphun released Aurora HDR 2017, currently the most full-featured HDR image merging and editing software available, I have been looking for ever more opportunities to shoot HDR when it will bring something extra to the image that cannot be obtained in just one exposure.

Three-exposure bracket handheld, when three is just enough.

I have been using 3 exposure brackets when handholding the camera to shoot portraits, 3 for landscape photographs handheld and 3 or 5 for close-up still life photographs on a tripod-mounted camera when I need a heightened sense of realism.

As neither the X-Pro2 or X-T2 currently permit 5 or more exposure brackets, I have been relying on my Panasonic GH4 and GX8 cameras for that. Both can make up to 7 exposure brackets. I want the very same ability on my Fujifilm cameras to bring them up to par for HDR.

Meanwhile photographer Ming Cai is sharing a 6-bracket HDR workaround for his Fujifilm X-T2 at his YouTube channel:

Tech Notes:

Riverside and portrait photographs made with Fujifilm X-Pro2, Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R lens for the landscape and Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R lens for the portrait which was lit with a Rotolight Neo LED light with barndoors and soft handle, and was held by the subject.

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