Not us­ing ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion

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Ma­trix me­ter­ing does a fine job of pro­duc­ing bal­anced ex­po­sures for the ma­jor­ity of day-to-day photo op­por­tu­ni­ties. How­ever, faced with an overly bright or dark sub­ject or scene, the cam­era can get things wrong. De­spite Ma­trix me­ter­ing es­sen­tially ap­ply­ing its own ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion to de­liver what it de­ter­mines is an op­ti­mum ex­po­sure, it may not be ac­cu­rate.

Man­u­ally di­alling in ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion at the time of shoot­ing is far bet­ter than try­ing to res­cue an un­der- or over-ex­posed im­age later. Push­ing the bright­ness of an im­age that’s very dark in Pho­to­shop can lead to noise in shad­ows, while try­ing to eke some de­tail from burned-out high­lights can lead to ‘dig­i­tal’-look­ing re­sults.

A bright, foggy scene may ap­pear too dark if you don’t ap­ply pos­i­tive ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion: the cam­era wants to make the fog grey rather than white

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