Automatic exposure bracketing is a very helpful feature on the Canon Rebel line of cameras. In this post, I’ll be discussing how to set up automatic exposure bracketing on the Canon 800D, which is the same camera as the T7i. It’s an easy process, so it shouldn’t take any time at all to get going. If you’d care to, you can read another post of mine on a similar topic. In that post, I gave instructions for how to set up automatic exposure bracketing on the Canon 5D Mark III. Check that out.
I used the Canon T6i for the photos below. The controls are actually the same as on the T7i.
Okay, to start off, turn your camera on and press the Menu button on the back of the camera. Use the dial on top of the camera or the left and right arrow buttons on the rear of the camera to navigate to the second tab in the red section. The top option should read Expo.comp/AEB. That stands for Exposure Compensation/Automatic Exposure Bracketing. Use the up and down arrows on the back of the camera to land on that option and then press the Set button to enter its options.
Once inside, you’ll see the range in which you’re able to adjust. If you push the left and right arrow keys, you can set your exposure compensation. If you roll the top dial, you can set the stops at which you’d like your camera to use for its exposure bracketing. You’ll need to roll that dial to the right first to see the bracketing options appear.
In the above photo, I have the camera set so it’ll take one photo at -1 stop (underexposed), one normally exposed photo and one at +1 stop (overexposed). That’s fine, but if I wanted to control where the range of photos lies in the exposure scale, I can use the left and right arrow buttons on the back of the camera to shift those bracketed photos. Take a look.
As you can now see, the center “normally exposed” image is set to +2 stops with the remaining photos falling at one stop from that.
To accept these changes, press the Set button again and that’s it for that.
To take these photos automatically, quickly and in succession, exit the menu mode and press the Drive Mode button (left arrow button) on the back of the camera. Change this setting from Single Shooting to either High Speed or Low Speed Continuous. Also, use a tripod and a remote shutter button when taking bracketed photos. You’ll need each one as identical to the rest as possible.
That’s all there is to it. When you have your photos ready, you’ll need to merge them into one using an application such as Adobe Camera Raw. Do that and you’ll be all set. Please let me know if you have any questions and please feel free to upload some sample HDR shots of your own below. Thanks!