ART When to use exposure compensation, rather than just changing your settings...

YourMomOnRyeBun

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Sep 6, 2006
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Houston, TX
Please edu me on this...

I know what exposure compensation does. What I want to know, is why, or more appropriately WHEN would you use exposure compensation adjustments rather than just changing the settings on your camera when shooting in manual.

I can see why you would want to when you are using apperature or shutter priority...or if you are going for some sort of artistic look and you want to "outsmart" the camera. But I am talking about a simple portrait shot of a stationary object, shot with natural light using manual settings.

I just got done talking to a guy that I will be shooting with tomorrow and he went on and on about the settings he will be using and that I should use the same, blah blah blah and he is going to set his exposure compensation to ___, etc.

My thought is you need to actually see what your lighting conditions are FIRST before you make those decisions, but whatever...
 

FryingPan

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May 19, 2000
51,127
Raleigh, NC
I've never used it. Ever. :dunno:

This.

But from what I understand, exposure compensation usefulness comes in when you are using any of the auto or semi auto modes. I don't shoot in auto mode so I never use it.
 
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turbodude

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Jun 17, 2002
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if u use nikon, its a very fast way to change flash exposure compensation. In Manual mode, the exposure comp because FEC. i use its everyday of my life. possibly one of my most valued tools on teh camera, other than the func button being set to "disable flash" use that a lot too.
 

FryingPan

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May 19, 2000
51,127
Raleigh, NC
I've never used it. Ever. :dunno:

This.

But from what I understand, exposure compensation usefulness comes in when you are using any of the auto or semi auto modes. I don't shoot in auto mode so I never use it.

:rofl:

You can use the "Quote" button like the rest of us, old man. :squint:
 

Wobistdu

i use exp comp when shooting in aperture mode

i also use exp comp when shooting in a place where i know the meter will be wrong... like in snow. i'll set it +1.0 anyway and tweak if need be
 

MSIGuy

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May 30, 2005
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It's pretty simple, you use +/-EV whenever you're in Av/Tv/P modes and you want to override whatever metering mode you're in.

It also works great when you're using flash...
 

Marix

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May 23, 2006
27,969
Yup

You can also use it in M mode too to basically re-calibrate your metering all the time.

Like if you want every single shot 1 stop over, you can set exp comp to +1. May be useful in the snow for instance where you'll basically always need +1 to keep it white. Then just meter as "normal" for the middle of the meter and everything will be one stop over. Kinda saves you having to remember to overexpose every shot.

It's just a bitch when you forget to undo it :o
 

Jcolman

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Aug 19, 2002
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:eek3: screenshot of houston control

i've never seen


It's a closely guarded secret control system but here's a sneak peak along with a description of the functions.

1. Spammer metering system
2. Spammer control valve.
3. OT speed adjustment valve (you just think that the internets are slow at times---mods control the speed)
4. LOL control rod
5. Trollface control rod
6. tittywop input metering system
7. Whut? knob. Otherwise known as Fazle's on/off control.
8-12 NWS fine tune adjustment valves.
13. Tanks personal OT content aware bypass system
14. Nuclear first post output system

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Perkwunos

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Aug 24, 2004
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Use what works...

Why would anyone use only one mode? If it is easy, se it

I think I have used it when I want to control exposure... Shooting something I want a high exposure speed, or a low one and I am less concerned abotu a specific Depth Of Field
 

Wheezer

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Jul 1, 2002
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Houston
if u use nikon, its a very fast way to change flash exposure compensation. In Manual mode, the exposure comp because FEC. i use its everyday of my life. possibly one of my most valued tools on teh camera, other than the func button being set to "disable flash" use that a lot too.

:eek3: Never thought of that!
 

Wobistdu

It's a closely guarded secret control system but here's a sneak peak along with a description of the functions.

1. Spammer metering system
2. Spammer control valve.
3. OT speed adjustment valve (you just think that the internets are slow at times---mods control the speed)
4. LOL control rod
5. Trollface control rod
6. tittywop input metering system
7. Whut? knob. Otherwise known as Fazle's on/off control.
8-12 NWS fine tune adjustment valves.
13. Tanks personal OT content aware bypass system
14. Nuclear first post output system

Termite_2_control_panel_functions.jpg

:rofl: fuck

my hats off to a long elaborate joke that nailed it on the head
 

Gvidon

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Oct 22, 2006
16,796
Los Angeles, CA
Please edu me on this...

I know what exposure compensation does. What I want to know, is why, or more appropriately WHEN would you use exposure compensation adjustments rather than just changing the settings on your camera when shooting in manual.

I can see why you would want to when you are using apperature or shutter priority...or if you are going for some sort of artistic look and you want to "outsmart" the camera. But I am talking about a simple portrait shot of a stationary object, shot with natural light using manual settings.

I just got done talking to a guy that I will be shooting with tomorrow and he went on and on about the settings he will be using and that I should use the same, blah blah blah and he is going to set his exposure compensation to ___, etc.

My thought is you need to actually see what your lighting conditions are FIRST before you make those decisions, but whatever...

Are you second shooting for Barney Stinson?
 

EWhytsell

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Jun 16, 2008
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At a wedding I use about every mode except full auto. Exp comp and especially useful in P mode as it lets you nail the exposure since the camera is probably going to be looking at either black or white cloths a lot.
Flash exp comp is also useful, I use it a lot when the camera is in Manual so that I can quickly control how much flash is being used for a given scene.
 

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