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Using Exposure Bias To Improve Picture Detail

AV +- Exposure Bias can be a very handy tool on a digital camera but most people aren’t aware of its use. Most DSLRs have had the feature for a while and now more and more compact digital cameras are adding it. For those who have never experimented with this useful feature, Peter Carey delivers this quick primer demonstrating how it can help improve your photographs.

Let’s face it, today’s digital cameras come packed with a LOT of features and buttons we never use. Snow Scene Mode, flash bracketing, infinity mode and the list goes on. One feature that deserves a bit more attention is automatic exposure bias. It goes by various names depending on the brand of camera you own but the premise is the same; adjust the exposure a certain amount of f-stops either over or under the camera’s metering. Its use is usually quick and easy and the results can make the difference between a washed out photo or one with plenty of depth to it.

There are times when your camera will have difficulty picking the right exposure. Some scenes that cause this are:

  • Snow pictures with a dark subject in the foreground
  • Bright, cloudy skies
  • A single light source such as a candle


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Peter West Carey
Peter West Carey

leads photo tours and workshops in Nepal, Bhutan, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and beyond. He is also the creator of Photography Basics – A 43 Day Adventure & 40 Photography Experiments, web-based tutorials taking curious photographers on a fun ride through the basics of learning photography.

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