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04-17-2019, 05:28 AM   #1
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Aperture Bracketing



The KP has a useful shooting mode called 'Depth of Field Bracketing'. It allows for a burst of 3 shots in quick succession at varying apertures whilst keeping exposure the same (so it adjusts ISO or shutter speed, your choice). You can adjust it either way so that your first shot is stopped down and moving to wider open apertures or vice versa, and you can adjust the step gain between each shot.

This can be a really useful feature as perhaps you fancy trying to nail a f1.8 shot on something tricky, but suffer a small amount of back soft focus, then the subsequent stopped down shots can come to your rescue (albeit with slower shutter speeds or more grain).

You can also get creative like I did here in this shot by stacking and combining frames. This shot here (pictured above) is mainly f1.8 (focus was on the hanging light) but in the original f1.8 shot the green edging leaf decoration thing is also very out of focus but I quite liked the stopped down versions of that part of the image and thus I was able to use the more stopped down frames to bring the leaf decoration into focus on the f1.8 shot whilst maintaining nice centre bokeh rather than a harder stopped down blur.

I'll add the other frames and varying apertures below;

F1.8


F3.2


F5.6


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Thanks for the reminder. This camera has so many features that I forget about them.
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The KP is great, but it's not a K3II successor (ramble).
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QuoteOriginally posted by selfnoise Quote
Thanks for the reminder. This camera has so many features that I forget about them.
Yeah, its quite handy.

QuoteOriginally posted by biz-engineer Quote
The KP is great, but it's not a K3II successor (ramble).
Hahaa, for sure, it's different and quirky. I just wish some of these simpler features were ported to other Pentax models. I cannot understand how the Depth of Field Bracketing shooting mode could not be given on the K-1 ior K-3 through a firmware update for example. I get that some features are hardware related (Dynamic Pixel Shifting for example) but its a shame stuff like this isn't added as an option, currently its a KP exclusive.

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I remember asking for this feature years ago......... It's certainly an excellent tool, for product photography through to portraits. Lets hope they do give it to other models as well .
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