Kodak V705 users: Did you know your camera has Exposure Compensation? You may not have known that. It certainly is not mentioned in the 28 page manual.
So what is Exposure Compensation, and why would you want it?
Remember the discussion of Auto Exposure in this blog, I AUTO Get Out More ?
When your camera is set on full Auto Exposure, its tiny electronic brain measures the amount of light in the scene and selects the lens aperture, shutter speed, and ISO, that it is programmed to think is the correct exposure. But Auto Exposure can be fooled. We've discussed that before! Most commonly it is fooled by bright light flowing in through a room's windows. The camera's tiny electronic brain measures the amount of light coming in the window rather than the general amount in the room.
Exposure Compensation allows you to simply tell the camera's tiny electronic brain to "make it a little lighter" or "make it a little darker".
It's a fairly easy thing to do on DSLR cameras, and one of us will probably cover that soon. But, guess what? It is even easier on the V705.
Here are the steps.
1. Turn the camera on.
2. Press the OK button, towards your left for darker, or towards your right for lighter. (I've circled the OK button in fuchsia in the image below, and the SCN button in turquoise.)
As you press the OK button towards the left to darken the image, you'll see a numeric display at the bottom of the LCD screen. It will show the increments -0.3, -0.7, -1.0, -1,3, -1.7 ... etc. And you will see the LCD display darken accordingly.
Now press the OK button towards the right to lighten the image, again you'll see the increments, this time in positive numbers: +0.3, +0.7, +1.0, +1.3, +1.7 ... etc. And you will see the LCD display lighten.
Two presses of the SCN button on the top of the camera will return it to full auto.
Now take some pictures. Choose an object. Take a few shots on full auto. Darken a few steps, then a few more steps. Lighten a few steps, then a few more. Upload the photos to your computer, review them and think about which photos look best to you. The darker ones? The lighter ones? Why?
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