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D5100 exposure compensation

coolmom42

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"RE: D5100 exposure compensation"

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Thu 28-Jun-12 11:00 PM | edited Thu 28-Jun-12 11:01 PM by coolmom42

I find exposure compensation useful if there is a specific part of the image that I'm concerned about overexposing or underexposing.

For instance, I might do spot metering on a darker-colored flower but be concerned that a light section of foliage will be blown out. But if I meter off the lightest foliage, the flower (my main subject) will be grossly underexposed. So I meter off the flower, deliberately underexpose the entire image a little, to avoid blowing out the foliage. The result is a slightly underexposed flower that can often be corrected in post-processing, with detail preserved in the light section of foliage.

By the same token you can slightly overexpose the entire image to bring out detail in a black area or deep shadow that might otherwise be lost.

Exposure compensation can help you get the entire dynamic range of the image inside the camera gamut.

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