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    Exposure Compensation: finally a jargon free method for getting perfect exposure

    | Photography Tips | 27/06/2013 00:01am
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    3 ways your camera’s auto exposure can get it wrong

    There are lots of situations that benefit from a slightly brighter or darker image. Here are some classic examples…

    3 ways your camera's auto exposure can get it wrong: dark subjects

    Dark subjects
    Black objects can fool a meter into overexposure. The camera sensor receives too much light, so the picture looks too bright – and the blacks become grey.

    3 ways your camera's auto exposure can get it wrong: dark subjects

    Any white or pale areas (such as this coot’s beak) can be overexposed, too. Dialling in -2/3 to -1 1/3 underexposure, so the histogram shifts to the left, can rectify this.

     

    3 ways your camera's auto exposure can get it wrong: backlit subjects

    Backlit subjects
    Including a very bright light source in the frame will lead to a very dark image, as the meter tries to balance the scene.

    3 ways your camera's auto exposure can get it wrong: backlit subjects

    This is not a problem if you’re shooting silhouettes, but if you want to reveal detail in the foreground, be prepared to dial in some positive exposure compensation – anywhere from 1 stop to 3 stops.

     

    3 ways your camera's auto exposure can get it wrong: low-contrast subjects

    Low contrast subjects
    Not all subjects or situations will give a histogram that stretches the full width of the graph. In this case, it’s best to expose so that the histogram moves as far to the right without detail being ‘clipped’.

    3 ways your camera's auto exposure can get it wrong: low-contrast subjects

    In this low-contrast example, dialling in exposure compensation of +2/3 or +1 stop would have given a better exposure to work with later.

    PAGE 1: Common questions about using exposure compensation
    PAGE 2: How much exposure compensation should I use?
    PAGE 3: How to control your camera’s exposure compensation
    PAGE 4: What is highlight alert?
    PAGE 5: 3 ways your camera’s auto exposure can get it wrong

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    Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips.

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