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How does a film camera perform exposure compensation?

I understand that, on a digital camera, "exposure compensation" actually alters signal amplification, similar but not identical to changing the sensitivity. In general, this is not how the term is ...
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How does a film camera perform exposure compensation?

It's not the case that "exposure compensation actually alters signal amplification". There are only 3 ways to control exposure: aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Exposure compensation is not a magical ...
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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

Selecting an appropriate aperture When shooting sports in low light you're not going to be able to shoot at f/11. Most of us use f/2.8 lenses and shoot wide open. We do this not only because it helps ...
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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

Sports photography usually require two things: a long focal length and a wide aperture. The long lens is required to shoot action a long way away. The wide aperture is used for two purposes: ...
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Using Auto ISO when shooting

I was told it’s not good to use auto ISO If unqualified, whoever told you that is a fool. Auto ISO is a tool, and as with any other tool it can be used well and it can be used badly. Instead try to ...
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Using Auto ISO when shooting

It’s getting me the shot even though there is some noise This is the point. If your priority is getting the shot, why not. But if your priority is getting a printable photo (which is what many people ...
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Is spot metering just an EV compensation?

Is spot metering just an EV compensation? Metering, regardless of type, and exposure compensation are different functions with different purposes. Metering is used to obtain exposure exposure ...
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Are my RAW photos underexposed?

Always trust the histogram. Unless you diligently adjust the rear LCD brightness every time the ambient lighting changes significantly, you cannot really rely on that. It does sound like you have the ...
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Canon Live View: How to capture the exact image displayed on the screen?

That image is bright because it is boosted electronically. You don't really want to have that image, as it's extremely noisy. It only looks (somewhat) ok on the camera's LCD because you can't really ...
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Dealing with exposure time during sports photography

The most obvious thing is that you chose to use f/11 for your photos. At least according to the EXIF data on this image, your lens had a maximum aperture value of f/5.1 at this focal length. By using ...
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Light meter battery ran low and I overexposed my ASA 400 HP5+. How much should I push my film?

If you've overexposed, you want to pull rather than push your film. Film pushing involves developing to higher than normal contrast, which causes a given exposure to produce more density. Since this ...
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Should I use Active D-Lighting when shooting Raw?

I have a Nikon D3s, only take raw files from the camera, and keep active D-lighting on most of the time. The purpose of ADL is to avoid blowing highlights that are too small or off-target to be ...
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Why are my blacks coming out so noisy on a Pentax K-30 DSLR when using RAW format

I can't answer in regards to the camera itself, as I don't know Pentax at all, but… You're very short on light. f/7.1 1/25s ISO 12800 You can get away with 1/25s exposure time if you're on a tripod. ...
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Why are my blacks coming out so noisy on a Pentax K-30 DSLR when using RAW format

The backgrounds are coming out a mottled blue\gray with a lot of noise on it, rather than black. The objects that I'm photographing look washed out. I don't have this problem other colored backgrounds....
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Dark Image at longer focal (aviation photography)

Use manual exposure mode. The aircraft is a very small part of the total frame that is mostly filled with a much brighter sky. Your camera's automatic exposure modes don't know that you want to expose ...
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Is spot metering just an EV compensation?

Yes, you could match the spot metering result by some degree of EV compensation, if you knew how much compensation. We typically may not know, so we instead meter it to be able to manage that. Spot ...
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Using Auto ISO when shooting

What are some best practices? This is all opinion... or, at best, situational. My personal feeling is that it is best to learn exposure in full manual mode and learn/understand the exposure triangle. ...
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Using Auto ISO when shooting

In my opinion, there is only one best practice. Know your stuff, know your gear. In this case, define what is the maximum iso you are willing to use, the maximum noise you are willing to accept in ...
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Creating a digital photo with an exposure of EV -2

EV -2 or any other Exposure Value value is not a particular brightness or illuminance level, it is a particular combination of sensitivity (normalized at ISO 100), aperture, and shutter time used to ...
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Creating a digital photo with an exposure of EV -2

I'm sure there a many options. One of them would be: http://rawtherapee.com/downloads If you not afraid of CLI tools you can look in to something like: http://www.fmwconcepts.com/imagemagick/...
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Does the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 show the effects of exposure compensation in the EVF?

When I asked this in 2012, the answer was "no". However, a firmware update in December 2014 changed it to "there's a setting for that — but only in manual mode". This is also the case in newer X-...
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Why can't my Canon 600D perform AEB?

Your camera is acting normally as it was designed to do. I focus, press the shutter, and only one photo is taken. I have to press the shutter 3 times, or hold it down, in order to be able to shoot ...
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Light meter battery ran low and I overexposed my ASA 400 HP5+. How much should I push my film?

When people say they "push" their film, what they almost always mean is that they "pulled" exposure (i.e. underexposed) and as a result the film needs to be "push processed&...
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Is there an iPhone photo app with exposure compensation?

Currently, the default iOS Camera app that comes with all iPhones does exposure compensation. All you do is tap to set focus/metering, and a little sun icon comes up. Dragging up/down lets you ...
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What is different between "M" and "A" with exposure compensation modes?

If the shutter speed, aperture, ISO and other camera settings are all the same, photos should be identical. What M mode does give you is the ability to go beyond the max exposure compensation that Av ...
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Using rawtherapee to create an image like a DSLR camera in bracketing mode

It depends what you're trying to achieve from bracketing. There's three basic variables that set your exposure - shutter speed, aperture and ISO. Shutter speed and aprerture both have optical ...
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How does a film camera perform exposure compensation?

So how does a film camera perform exposure compensation? The same way a digital camera performs exposure compensation (EC): it biases the meter calibration in the direction and amount entered so the ...
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Exposure compensation in “manual” mode and auto ISO?

Yes, it is now possible to use Exposure Compensation in Manual mode with Auto ISO with some of Canon’s newer cameras: EOS-1D X EOS-1DX Mark II EOS 5DS / EOS 5DS R EOS 7D Mark II EOS 80D The ...
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How can take a better picture of this creek under bright sun light and dense vegetation on banks?

There is only so much you can do in the middle of the day when the sun is so bright and the shadows so deep. Go back just before sunrise and watch the place as the sun comes up, return just before ...
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