First camera crash course: simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR

First camera crash course: simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 2: using exposure compensation

Use Evaluative Metering mode to get a good starting point for your exposures. You can then brighten or darken them quickly using Exposure Compensation when shooting in Av (or Tv) mode.

Use the Av+/- button on the back of your DSLR and the top dial to set positive/negative exposure – using the Exposure Level Indicator in your viewfinder (or rear LCD) to dial in Exposure Compensation. Turn the dial to the right to brighten your shot, to the left to darken it.

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 2: using exposure compensation

This shot is underexposed – a common problem when photographing white scenes or subjects.

 

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 2: using exposure compensation

Use Exposure Compensation to brighten shots, but too much will result in it being overexposed, such as in this image.

 

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 2: using exposure compensation

By dialling in +1-stop of positive Exposure Compensation the shot is now well-exposed.

First Camera Crash Course Lesson 1: Aperture explained
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 2: using exposure compensation
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 3: How shutter speeds work
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 4: Fast vs Slow shutter speeds
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 5: How to focus and stay sharp
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 6: Choosing your AF points
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 7: How to get your subjects sharp
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 8: Avoid the common composition mistakes
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 9: Using the Rule of Thirds
First Camera Crash Course Lesson 10: Anatomy of your viewfinder

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