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Real World Digital Photography, 2nd edition by Tim Grey, Seán Duggan, Katrin Eismann

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Exposure Compensation

Exposure compensation is a great feature that lets you take the meter's recommended exposure setting and then consciously over- or underexpose the photograph to achieve a better result that is more customized for each individual scene. The wonderful thing about exposure compensation is that it frees you from having to calculate a specific f-stop or shutter speed in your head, letting you simply specify that you want more or less exposure than the recommended setting. Although you can certainly accomplish what it does by manually adjusting the exposure settings, the presence of an exposure compensation control is easier and faster than making changes in manual mode, and it's one camera setting that we use all the time (

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