Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Exposure compensation, part of Nikon D7000 Essential Training.
Exposure compensation is one of the most powerful exposure controls on your camera. As such it may very well become one of the most often used controls on your camera. With it you can easily handle back lighting situations, you can control tonality, you can calm down over exposed highlights. To sum up, exposure compensation let's you adjust the camera's exposure up or down in fractional or whole stop increments. This is the exposure compensation button. Note that it's right behind the shutter button so it's very easy for me to simply reach right back here.
I don't need to take my eye off of the view finder. I can do this while I am shooting. To change exposure compensation I push and hold the exposure compensation button while turning the main dial. Rotating to the left gets me positive exposure compensation and you can see that it's going up in one third stop increments. Inside my viewfinder right now down at the bottom, I will also see the little thermometer gauge showing exposure compensation. It goes up to two stops in either direction. If I go beyond that, I will simply see a little arrow up here, but up here on top of the camera, I can see exactly how much I've dialed in and I can go all the way out to five stops or I can go the other direction and dial in negative exposure compensation.
You can see here, I am at minus two stops, same thing once I go beyond that, I won't see the readout inside, I'll simply see a little arrow up here. However, also in the viewfinder, as I am changing exposure compensation, I will see my shutter speed and aperture change to reflect the new values that the exposure compensation is yielding. Exposure compensation is a sticky control. You can see that that little plus minus icon is still lit up. That shows that exposure compensation is dialed in. I had left it at -5 stops.
So anytime I re-meter, it's going to re- meter with -5 stop exposure compensation until I change this. I can change it to a different value or I can simply turn it off. Because it's sticky, that means if I go into a situation where I know while I am going to need half a stop of under exposure or a whole stop of under exposure through this whole thing, I can just dial that in and it will stay there. So to sum up, I might choose to use positive exposure compensation, if I'm shooting something and really want to bring more detail out of the shadows, I might choose use a negative exposure compensation.
If I am facing maybe a backlight situation, I need to calm down some bright highlights to keep midtones from going to bright. Exposure compensation is available in program mode and both priority modes and some scene modes.
- What is an SLR?
- Attaching a lens to a camera
- Deciding how many batteries and media cards are needed
- Setting Auto mode
- Changing ISO
- Changing image format and size
- Manually selecting a focus point
- Correcting exposure while shooting
- Controlling white balance
- Using a driver and self-timer
- Auto exposure bracketing
- Selecting a picture style
- Using Live View
- Shooting video
- Using custom functions, such as ISO expansion and mirror lockup
- Cleaning the camera and sensor
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Your Nikon SLR
2. Shooting in Auto Mode
3. Shooting in Program Mode
4. Controlling Autofocus
5. Controlling White Balance
Using white balance presets2m 11s
6. Understanding Release Modes
7. Using the Exposure Control Options
8. More Playback Options
9. Shooting with Scene Modes
10. Shooting with Flash
11. Shooting with Picture Styles
12. Using Live View
13. Shooting Video
14. Customizing Menus and Modes
15. Using Custom Settings
16. Retouching Images
17. Caring for Your Camera
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