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Exposure Compensation

Lesson 28 from: Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

Exposure Compensation

Lesson 28 from: Mastering Your Digital Camera

Chris Weston

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28. Exposure Compensation

To adjust the exposure without switching to full manual mode, exposure compensation will help capture the ideal exposure. Here, Chris shares the ins and outs of using exposure compensation.

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Exposure Compensation

I've talked a lot about exposure compensation. So let's look at how this important function works. First of all, is useful to know. It only works in the automatic or semi auto exposure modes. It doesn't work in manual mode. On some cameras, compensation is set with a button and one of the command dials, while in other cameras it might be a dedicated dial. Now, when set to zero, no adjustment is made to the cameras. Exposure assessment. If you want to add, like to increase the meted exposure, you're just a compensation value to one of the plus numbers. For example, plus one toe. Add one stop of light platitude at two stops and so forth. Likewise, setting one of the minus values will reduce the exposure because you're telling the camera to take light away. Minus one reduces exposure by one stop minus two by two stops. Etcetera. Now average a priority, the camera adds and subtracts light by adjusting the shutter speed. Because you're controlling lens aperture in shutter priority, the came...

ra adds and subtracts light. By adjusting the lens aperture in full auto or program mode, the camera may use a combination of shutter speed lens aperture and even eso to make the exposure adjustment. And that's it. 01 more thing. A really important point to remember is if you set exposure compensation, remember to set it back to zero after the shot. Otherwise, every subsequent image will be affected. It may sound obvious, but it's easy to forget, especially if it's your last shot and you don't pick up your camera for a while. Trust me, I've done it.

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What a marvelous course! What a marvelous teacher! When I went to college, my father would always ask me about my professors, more than the courses themselves. He was passionate about learning and although too busy with earning an income to go beyond an undergrad degree, continued to read 50 books a year. I still remember how he'd get almost visibly excited when I'd tell him about some special professor who taught with such enthusiasm and, more than just passion, evident delight and joy in the subject. 'Ah they're the best, son. How wonderful you have such a teacher." Well, he passed away decades ago but if he were still around I'd get a kick out of telling him about Chris Weston, the 'Prof' of this course. He's one of the very special ones: a teacher who's loved and lived his vocation--his avocation--since he was a boy--and still is as excited about it now as he was then. The result: a course that seems to be more a labor of love--of pouring far more energy and thought into the details then one typically finds in these courses--than anything else. Bravo Chris! I'm already on to your next one.

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Chris is an amazing instructor who dissects theory giving amazing analogies that bring concepts to life. I have rarely been able to sit through most video course for more than a half-hour but watched this one from beginning to end. A good refresher course if you've been away from the camera for awhile or there are some concepts that still illude you. I highly recommend this course and look forward to watching his others. Thank you for the clarity and great explanations.

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This was an amazing class. I have looked at a number of basic photography classes. This one was by far the best I have seen. Chris is an exceptional teacher. He breaks things down into digestible information and then inspires you to be creative. Thank you!

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