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What to use, when Not sure whether to dial the ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion up or down?

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01 Dark back­grounds

Your cam­era is likely to over-ex­pose if a large area of your scene is dark in colour, while at night the low light lev­els can make it dif­fi­cult for the cam­era to get the right ex­po­sure. Set the ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion to -1 for a dark scene, or -2 if the back­ground is al­most black.

02 Bright back­grounds

If you in­clude a bright light source in your shot it’s likely that your cam­era will un­der-ex­pose the sub­ject. To keep more de­tail in the sub­ject, use +1 or +2 ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion. Mist and fog will also cause the cam­era to un­der-ex­pose – try us­ing +1 ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion.

03 Snow/bright sub­jects

If you are shoot­ing a scene where snow is cov­er­ing a large area of the ground your cam­era will of­ten un­der-ex­pose the scene, so that the snow comes out as grey. In this sit­u­a­tion, set the ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion to around +1 to keep the snow bright.

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