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Blaming the Camera

Stop Blaming the Camera, Learn it!

It is effortless to blame the camera for not taking good pictures! A camera is just a tool. Therefore it is the operator who needs to take responsibility for a bad image or get the credit for good ones. Thereby stop blaming the camera. Instead, start learning about your camera and use its potentials. 

The fact that a camera is a tool that brings us to an exciting topic.

Why Blaming the Camera does not make you a better photographer!

Nowadays, even entry-level digital cameras are loaded with a tremendous amount of features and controls. Therefore, by learning these features, a photographer can start making amazing pictures. In previous articles, I discussed two hidden features, Camera’s Built-in Light Meter and In-camera Highlight Warning. By learning just these two simple controls, you can literally take your photography to the next level.

In this article, I am going to look into another feature; Exposure Compensation.

What is Exposure Compensation?

Nikon web site explains: “Exposure compensation is used to alter the exposure from the value selected by the camera, making photographs brighter or darker.

In modes P, S, and A, the camera automatically adjusts settings for optimal exposure, but this may not always produce the exposure the photographer intended. Exposure is a matter of personal preference, and an exposure brighter or darker than that selected by the camera may sometimes better reflect the photographer’s intent. The feature used in such situations is called exposure compensation. DSLR Cameras allow you to check the results immediately, so you can take a photograph, display it in the monitor, and then raise exposure compensation for brighter results or lower exposure compensation for darker results and take another picture.”

 You can read more HERE.

Exposure Compensation Button

Exposure Compensation Buttons in different cameras
Exposure Compensation Buttons in different cameras

Exposure Compensation sample photos

As discussed above, Exposure Compensation allows photographers to tweak the Exposure in Semi-Automatic modes; i.e., Shutter priority or Aperture Priority modes. However, in full Manual Exposure, you control the exposure the way that you like. Therefore, you don’t need to use Exposure Compensation. Here are a few images using Exposure Compensation.

Normal Exposure

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This is a normal exposure. I used Spot metering to capture the details of the sunrise.

Exposure Compensation at -2

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In this photo, I set the exposure compensation to -2.

Exposure Compensation at +2

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Exposure compensation at +2.

Now that you know digital cameras have many advanced tools, stop blaming the cameras. Take responsibility and start learning photography.

Learning Cameras’ Settings Makes you a Photographer

I always remember that once Ansel Adam said: “Camera Takes Photo, Photographer Makes Picture!”

That’s the hard fact. Our six-week Photography Class, Bootcamp Program, covers everything you need to know about your camera. The next Bootcamp program starts on June 3, 2021. There are limited spots left for this workshop. Register now to secure your spot. 


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