Exposure Compensation

IMG_6532During a recent photography workshop, several questions were asked about exposure compensation. To answer their questions, and yours also, here is a quick explanation. This will explain how to change your photographs from being too light or too dark when you are in the field. Although many compact cameras do not give the user the ability to manually adjust the shutter speed or aperture, most do have exposure compensation. Exposure compensation is a setting that adjusts how over/under-exposed a photograph is compared to the correct exposure - according to the camera's light meter (The function that estimates how much light is available, and the settings needed to capture the scene). The photographer will want to use exposure compensation when the light meter is guessing the wrong settings, which happens often enough. If the user desires to change the exposure using exposure compensation, they override the camera's normal setting of EV 0.00 by whatever number of stops they desire (such as EV -1.00). This option is often found in the Program Mode.  See the following article for more information on Exposure Stops. Note: Since you are probably curious like me, you are wondering what "EV" (e.g. EV 1.00) stands for. It is an abreviation meaning Exposure Value.

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