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5 tips for using Exposure Compensation

Tip 366 (Exposure Compensation): What is Exposure Comensation. Exposure Compensation is a setting that allows you to over-rule the exposure levels that your camera calculates, and then you can get the exposure level exactly as you want it.

Tip 367 (When to use Exposure Compensation): Using Exposure Compensation is recommended when you are in a situation with lights levels that the camera is not able to calculate correctly automatically. You see that sometimes, when the camera takes photos that are darker or brighter than the actual levels, and thus using Exposure Compensation is a good tactic to get the photos to the level that you like.

Tip 368 (Why do you need Exposure Compensation): Many people wonder as to why they need Exposure Compensation, why the camera is not able to calculate the correct levels. For that you need to understand as to how cameras are calibrated. The light meter in your camera is calibrated to expose properly for any object that is approximately 18% grey, which is true for most objects that we shoot. However, when you want to shoot for example a white object, the camera will end up under-exposing. and similar treatment for a darker object (setting the scale to the negative side).

Tip 369 (How to use Exposure Compensation): Most cameras have an exposure compensation dial (refer to the manual for where to find the dial on the camera), with the dial having 0 in the middle, and numbers to either side (+ and -). So, when you shoot a white object, use some amount of exposure compensation for the positive side in order to get a truer representation of the white object.

Tip 370 (Use the preview of exposure compensation): Digital cameras nowadays give you an instantanous preview of the Expoure Compensation, so you easily view the different that exposure compensation brings to your photos. Use this feature to learn more about when to use what level of exposure compensation, experimenting with different values.

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