Be Smarter Than Your Camera II

Your camera is fooled not just by pictures that have lots of bright white in them but also by photos that have lots of black or dark colors. Once again, you can be smarter than your camera and adjust the exposure to make the picture match what you see.

Because the camera wants to make dark subjects look gray, I use minus exposure compensation to ensure the photo subject appears black.

Exposure compensation of -2 makes this ironwork on a bed of coal appear black

The same thing applies to animals that are black or very dark brown. To prevent them from appearing too light in the photograph, I need to use some negative exposure compensation.

Exposure compensation of -1.5 kept this black angus cow and fence dark.

You can learn to be smarter than your camera in other ways in my one-day Getting to Know Your Digital SLR Camera class on February 24, 2018, in Missoula, Montana. Any camera that allows you to switch lenses is appropriate for this class. Click here to register online.