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2 is for scenes of unusual contrast, as when an extremely dark background occupies a very large part of the image and you want to retain detail in the brighter parts of the scene. HOW TO OVERRIDE AUTOMATIC EXPOSURE USING EXPOSURE COMPENSATION The Av/Exposure compensation button icon. An exposure scale shows you how much you are under (-) or over (+) exposed. 1. With the Mode Dial set to any mode in the Creative Zone except manual (M), press the shutter button halfway down to activate the displays, and then hold down the Av/Exposure Compensation button with your thumb as you turn the Main Dial to move the marker on the exposure scale displayed in the viewfinder and on the LCD panel.

To lighten the image, move the marker toward the plus (+) end of the scale. 2. When done, reset exposure compensation to 0 otherwise it will be remembered even when you turn off the camera. TIP ■ When using the built-in or external Speedlight, the AE/FE Lock button locks in flash exposure (page 101). Partial metering is used with AE lock to base the exposure on just the center 9% of the screen. AUTOEXPOSURE LOCK (AE) When the subject you want to expose correctly isn’t covered by a focus point, you can lock focus and exposure by pressing the shutter button halfway down and then recompose the image.

A continuous spectrum of tones, ranging from pure black at one end to pure white at the other is contained in most scenes. In simple terms, this continuous scale can be thought of as being divided into a series of individual tones called a gray scale. Each of the tones in this scale has received 1 stop more exposure than the next darkest tone in the series, and one stop less exposure than the next lightest tone. The tone in the middle is called middle gray and reflects exactly 18% of the light falling on it.

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