How to Use Exposure Compensation

Using exposure compensation may seem very advanced, but it a camera feature that even beginners can use to enhance their photography. Exposure compensation is when you change your camera's light settings in order to increase or decrease the amount of light in the photo. Your camera has a pre-set light setting based on the amount of light available, but depending on the style of your photo, then you might want to change these settings.

How to Change Exposure Compensation

Exposure compensation settings on a camera will generally be marked by a +/-, which can be changed to +1.0 to -1.0. A +1.0 setting means that the picture will be twice as bright as the default settings, and a -1.0 means it will half the brightness of the default settings.

It is recommended that you start by taking a picture and seeing if it needs to be brighter or darker. From there, gradually increase the exposure compensation settings. Start at +/-.5 and work towards +/-1.0 from there until you find the right setting.

An exposure compensation lock can be set on select cameras  so that you can keep the same settings for an entire photo shoot if need be. 

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