Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Adjusting exposure compensation, part of Up and Running with the Canon Rebel SL1 (100D and Kiss X7).
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- The exposure compensation command is very useful and quite powerful. It'll likely become one of your most used options as you shoot. I find that I'll use it when I'm dealing with tough lighting situations that can throw off the camera's light meter. Particularly things like light or dark backgrounds or really strong back lighting. This command is great for really controlling the tone of your photos. With exposure compensation, you can quickly adjust in fractional or whole stop increments. You'll find an exposure compensation button right here, that's easy to reach while shooting.
You should be able to reach it without having to take your eye off the view finder. Simply hold the button down and turn the dial to change the exposure compensation. Turn the dial to the right to make a positive exposure compensation. Turn the dial to the left to make a negative compensation. Each one of these tick marks is 1/3 of a stop so 1/3, 2/3, plus one stop. You can initially adjust up to three stops on the gage however you can keep going and make adjustments of up to plus five or minus five.
If you're finding that the camera is under exposing important parts of the image try a positive value. This is great when you're photographing someone against a bright background where the brightness might cause the camera to under expose the subject. A positive exposure compensation setting fixes that by increasing the exposure. On the other hand, if you're finding that the camera is over exposing a subject in the scene try dialing in a negative value. Exposure compensation is useful for both program and priority modes which you'll learn more about shortly.
You can't use exposure compensation though when shooting in manual or in auto mode.
Want to get up and running even faster? Check out the "Quick Start" chapter to learn how to use your 100D straight out of the box.
- Reviewing the lens controls
- Changing image format and size
- Adjusting ISO and exposure compensations
- Using Program Shift mode
- Exploring Autofocus
- Focusing manually
- Shooting in Continuous (burst) mode
- Switching between metering modes
- Shooting with flash
- Shooting video