Thank you. For the scenario you described, I would switch to spot metering instead of matrix so I would expose based on my subject and not background. But I am still learning so I will try exposure compensation and compare results.
I do understand how ISO, Aperture and shutter speed relate to each other. And I get how exposure compensation works. I think I am still searching for a good use case to apply it. One thing for sure, it is nice to have options!