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Bracketing is a setting that gets many beginners confused. They avoid it all together because they have little or no idea what it does or what it's good for.
Things aren't really that complicated and we're going to explain how they work.
First of all, what is auto exposure bracketing? It is a setting that is used to capture the same scene using three or more different exposure values. By that rule, you end up with one correctly exposed photograph, an overexposed one and finally an underexposed picture.
There are two important uses for auto bracketing. Keep in mind, this is a very helpful setting for nature and landscape photographers. So if you're shooting a landscape in one of the camera's creative modes, like Shutter or Aperture Priority, taking three shots with different exposures will help you make sure you have the shot correctly exposed.
Secondly, HDR photography is based on bracketing. To create a HDR image, you need to combine images with different exposure values, to make sure you have an even exposure all throughout the frame.
Auto bracketing is a setting that can be found on most digital cameras, under a variety of symbols. Generally, the value by which a photo is underexposed is also the value by which it will be overexposed. So if you take a picture using correct exposure and set the camera to underexpose with one stop, the overexposed photo will vary by the same value.
It's best to use Auto Exposure Bracketing in Aperture Priority mode. The reason for that is your camera has a lot more variations to work with using the shutter speed than using the aperture on your lens.
Before using this setting on your camera, it's best to read the manual. Generally before clicking the shutter, you have to change the drive mode to continuous. That way you only have to press the button once to take all three pictures.
Auto Exposure Bracketing can be very useful, especially for photographers who prefer using the jpg format. To get an even better idea, here is Adorama's Mark Wallace showing you the feature in the field.