I'm glad there is nothing wrong with the cameras. They are my first Digital Cameras. But for sure there is something wrong with my IQ. In the menu I have my bracketing set to 7 currently, but don't know how to take 7 bracketed shots without going into the HDR mode. I must be missing something that is quite obvious to you and other knowledgeable people. When I press the "Q" button it takes me to the window with all of the data, but my brain is not in gear. I'll keep trying. thanks, leigh
The Q button should activate the menu. Use the joystick to navigate the menu and highlight the exposure/light meter or graph (the ones with lines on it). While the meter is highlighted, turn the top dial/wheel (the one near the shutter button) and you will see that it'll give you EV spacings. This how you set the EV between each bracket.
btw, If the Q button doesn't activate the Quick Menu then keep pressing the Info button until you get the menu.
You do not need to set the HDR on to shoot the different brackets. Just have the camera in AV mode, set your amount of brackets that you want, then set your brackets in the exposure brackets to have their values set, then if you have your camera set on two second timer, it will take all the shots, otherwise you need to manually push the shutter button for each of the different shots
Setting the camera on Av mode is very helpful but not necessary. Using the timer though is a very good point. This would also allow that all the frames are aligned properly.
Thank you both for your responses. I feel a bit dull, but with persistence and your suggestions I shall get it. I think I'll just go outside and shot some photos and forget how little I know about controlling this beast. I'll get back to it later. thanks again, leigh
Don't worry about it. It takes me about 10 minutes to figure out how to use a Nikon dslr. Happy shooting