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04-23-2010, 11:33 PM   #1
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using the exposure compensation

when to use the exposure compensation

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04-24-2010, 02:47 AM   #2
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Hi Tinabalagosa,
When your camera meters a scene, the meter may well be overly influenced by a large dark or large light area. Remember that the camera sets itself to give an average tone over the whole image, this for example would mean that a snow scene would be exposed as an average grey color and a lump of black coal would also be exposed as average grey. To compensate for these situations, the exposure compenstaion control allows you to set the camera to under/over expose so that the finished picture looks the same as your eyes see it.

Hope this helps, Richard.
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You may also find some valuable insight on exposure compensation and related topics discussed in this article:
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I find it easier to switch to manual mode. Then I can quickly over or under expose by as many stops as I feel necessary. Turning the histogram on also helps a lot.

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The short answer: exposure compensation makes your pictures brighter (positive numbers) or darker (negative numbers). So you use it if you brighter or darker pictures than you get without it. Most pictures should be fine without it, but when you see you've taken a picture that's too dark, then use compensation to brighten up the next one. if you read up on exposure as suggested above, you can learn to anticiapte when you'll need compensation even before taking the shot (eg, any scene that is backlit or brighter than average will require positive compensation).
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Simple answer: when needed.
Personaly: taking photos of people agains strong back light...
I do positive compensation when I need to have detail about the persons themselves.

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