4) How to Use Your Exposure Compensation Setting

In each of these cases, the imbalance has occurred because these bright or dark areas either form a large part of the image or they are significantly brighter that the subject matter.

Either way, this imbalance of light within the picture fools the sensor so that it tries to expose for the extreme light or dark areas.

This results in the camera not giving the real subject the correct amount of exposure.

If this happens, then it’s time to start using the exposure compensation function to help rebalance your photograph.

Most cameras have a quick access to this function set on one of the controls on the back of the camera. This way, you don’t have to start digging around inside the sub menus to find and change it.

When you activate the exposure compensation, you’ll most likely get a variation of one of these two scales on the back screen of the camera :

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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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