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Photography 101 - Tips and Editing Techniques

AE Lock (Auto Exposure Lock)

The AE Lock (Auto Exposure Lock) is located on the backside on the Canon EOS top right under the asterisk.

Press the shutter half way down to focus on the subject, then press the asterisk to lock the exposure. In your viewfinder you will see the asterisk telling you that you have indeed locked your exposure. You can then recompose and take the shot.

This setting  would be good when taking a portrait. If you wanted to focus on the subjects face and then recompose the shot, but you don’t want the exposure settings to change because your background is darker or lighter then your subject.

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