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13-12-12, 12:18 PM
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: St. Petersburg. FL.
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So what does the exposure button do
The exposure compensation button allows you to overrule the camera automatic settings. Let's say the camera decides on 1/500 sec at f/8, but your picture is a bit dark and you want to lighten it. While holding down the exposure compensation button, turn the command wheel and adjust the exposure by opening up one or two stops. You would now be shooting at 1/500th at f/6.7 or f/5.6. Apparently, you have already tried this but found it was still the same. You even opened up five stops. Something is way off, here. Did you remove the lens cap?
Try shooting something else in Auto mode just to make sure there's nothing wrong with the camera. If that works then you need to do a little work on learning exposure. You could also try setting your metering to spot. If you have a bright background and a dark subject, and the camera metering is set on matrix (the whole frame) the camera will expose for the background. If you set the metering on Spot, then it will expose for a very small area (the subject), provided the indicator in your viewfinder shows the subject in the Spot metering area.
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