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Watch What is Exposure Compensation? on YouTube

Exposure Compensation is another tool built into your camera that allows you to get more consistent exposures, or tailor them to your needs.

From Nikon: Exposure Compensation is used to alter exposure from the value suggested by the camera, making pictures brighter or darker.

Check out the video for more info!

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0 # Declan 2012-03-15 16:11
Another great tutorial from Cazillo. 'EC' is something I've never used because I didn't fully understand it. Maybe I'll give it a go now just to experiment. Thanks
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0 # Grantly Lynch 2012-03-16 07:22
I used exposure compensation for a corporate photography group shot and made the mistake of leaving it on for my next shoot in manual where I did not need to compensate!
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0 # Olaf Kleemeyer 2012-03-16 16:00
EC makes no sense in manual mode. Maybe in A- or S-mode. But if you need it, then it would be better to set the exposure fully manual. BTW - I never use it.
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0 # Joe Sestili 2012-03-17 11:22
I use exposure compensation a good amount. I shoot aperture priority most of the time with matrix metering and I find it a quick and easy way to get a good correct exposure that way. For example you are shooting a snow scene you can just pick your aperture, use matrix metering and dial in some + exposure compensation to get the snow looking white. Or another example is silhouettes pick your aperture, compose, focus, and dial in some - exposure compensation like this pic Can I do the same thing using manually exposure mode yes but for me I find it quicker and easier to shoot with aperture priority and exposure comp in matrix metering mode. I usually shoot none posed more capture the moment type of shots that I need to be fast or the moment or animal is gone.
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0 # Martin Turrell 2012-03-20 07:11
great video Greg! I've been reading & rereading 'Understanding Flash Photography' by Bryan Peterson as I'm new to using flash & if I've understood it correctly one little snippet of info mentioned that whilst in Aperture Priority Mode you can use the Exposure Compensation to dial up/down your shutter speed so changing the amount of ambient light in your flash lit image. Have I understood that right? If so it would be brilliant for me as I only really use Aperture Priority mode !
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-03-20 09:46
EC changes both your flash and ambient light metering, thats why I recommend using manual mode if possible with flash.
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0 # Charles A Brault 2012-07-09 17:20
Isure like your video's I am confused in manual mode how do you know if your exposure is right if in the view finder show that your exosure comensation is way off. I thought that exposer compensation suppose to be in the middle of the outline in your view finder.
Thank You
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0 # Gregory Cazillo 2012-07-10 15:17
I think you are confusing exposure compensation and the camera's metering. EC is adjusting the meter.
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