Light metering and exposure compensation

Light metering and exposure compensation

If the images in your camera are sometimes too dark or too bright. Then this video is for you! Learn how to use exposure compensation to get the perfect light.

Should I follow my camera’s advice? Do I always agree with its suggestions? In most cases, no! I don’t shoot in auto mode, I usually adjust manually, and I don’t always agree with the camera’s suggestions. It’s easy to get the exposure meter wrong and it may not be what you had in mind. Here’s how I use exposure compensation to achieve the perfect exposure for my photos.

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19 Comments

  1. I’ve been struggling with exposure for the last two years, inasmuch as it is mostly guesswork for me, and I do love under and over-exposed images. This video is so simply and logically explained, and I think I’ve now got it! So thank you very much.

  2. Exposure compensation is explained in manuals, but this was a great explanation how to use it in practice.

  3. As always your advice is greatly appreciated and very helpful to me as I love flower photography

    • Hey Erick glad to be helpful! Flower photography is really relaxing and I also enjoy it a lot.

  4. Thank you for taking the time to explain this topic. I bought your flower course and have really enjoyed it.

  5. A particularly clear and informative post. Very helpful and the final list of setting up the exposure would make a useful card to carry in my camera bag until I commit it to memory.

    • Hey Paul thanks for your reaction. Using a tray card is of course also a possibility. But when you don’t have one at hand just use your hand! The palm of your hand is normally about one stop lighter than a grey card.

  6. Thank you Dirk!
    A basic lesson that I often forget when shooting. In my film days with a totally manual camera, it was the only way to go.
    Now with modern cameras and LR and PS the lesson is often left behind.
    I appreciate you re-enforcing this procedure.

    • Hey Wayne thanks for your response! Basics in photography will stay the same. Modern features may help sometimes but the classic ways are still bulletproof!

  7. A great & detailed explanation of the Histogram, I don’t normally check mine, when I get over or under exposed images but I’m starting to after watching your video.

    • Hello Dave! Glad it helped! Especially in low light conditions you’ll have to be careful and have a look at the histogram.

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