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Exposure Compensation


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Shane84 Registered since 02nd May 2007
Mon 05-Nov-07 02:10 PM

Hello all,

I've been doing some revision on Exposure Compensation/metering and from reading conflicting info I've managed to cast doubt on what I thought I knew

Can someone tell me if I have this right?

When using auto exposure modes and matrix metering. If you want to preserve details in the highlights (eg. bride's dress), then apply negative compensation to avoid blowing them out. Same technique; if you wanted to preserve details in the shadows (eg. a black cat) apply positive compensation to avoid getting a big blob of detail-less solid black.

When using auto exposure modes and spot or centre weighted metering. When metering on reflective subjects (eg. bride's dress); apply positive exposure compensation to avoid the meter underexposing the subject due to more than 18% reflectiveness, and vica versa...

That's right isn't it?

Many thanks

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