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Exposure Compensation (White) – Learn by Doing Photography

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography Assignment #5 Using exposure compensation to bring out the white in your image.

Last week we talked about using exposure compensation for a darker subject. For example a black cat in a black alley, but this week it’s the other side of the spectrum. How to expose when your scene is mostly white. For this we need to over expose (add light to light)

To take a drastic image as an example – a solid black wall will photograph gray. A solid white wall will photograph gray. our camera is always trying to find 18% gray. So when there is too much light or white your camera will underexpose to find the “perfect exposure” 18% gray. Likewise if your image is too dark your camera will overexpose to find the “perfect exposure” 18% gray. Only you can decide what the perfect exposure is, not your camera.

This week your challenge is to find a mostly white image and use your exposure compensation to bring out the white! Lucky for me we have a winter wonderland in the front yard today! I set my camera to aperture priority and the only thing I changed was my exposure compensation.

1/125 sec @f /5.6 + 2 exposure compensation

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1/250 sec @f /5.6 + 1 exposure compensation

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1/640 sec @f /5.6 + 0 exposure compensation

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1/1250 sec @f /5.6 -1 exposure compensation

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1/2000 sec @f /5.6 – 2 exposure compensation

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