Modern cameras are very smart, but it doesn’t mean they’re always smarter than you are. That’s why it’s important to learn about the exposure compensation feature of your DSLR. Even less expensive point-and-shoot model cameras are getting into the act and adding this essential feature, so let’s learn more about it.

Having an exposure compensation setting on your camera means you have the ability to make an adjustment to the exposure of your photos in mere seconds.

This handy function is often identified by a small icon, usually similar to this :


Exposure Compensation allows you to slightly adjust the camera’s choice for the exposure, by telling the camera to allow more or less light in. But you might be wondering why you’d ever need to use it if you’re shooting in automatic mode?


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Ed Mercer

I am the other half of our husband and wife Photography studio with my wife of 41 years Sue. We opened our studio in Danvers, Ma in February of 1979. As members of Professional Photographers of Mass, New England and America, our goal in life is simple – Capture the beauty in every subject and create timeless joy to share. We are still at it after all these years and love what we do as much as when we started. Together we are also teaching and coaching photography, image editing, and the business of photography.

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