Beginner’s tip: exposure compensation

This I frequently repeat: your camera’s light meter assumes you are pointing it at a grey subject – grey in terms of brightness. The moment you point at a predominantly light or dark subject, you need to tell the camera that. By using “exposure compensation” (the +/1 control) if you are in an automatic mode, or by setting the meter to “not zero” when shooting manual.

Like in this shot of a car I  bought for my son:

To get the black car I needed to set exposure to minus 1 stop (-1). Else the car would have looked grey, not black.


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