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How to Use Exposure Compensation Effectively When Photographing Wildlife

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If you’re in the process of learning how to use your camera and enjoy shooting wildlife, this excellent short video runs you through how to use exposure compensation to make sure that you’re not losing details in the highlights or shadows.

Most wildlife photographers will be very familiar with shooting dark objects against bright backgrounds and bright objects framed by dark backgrounds. Knowing how to override your camera’s judgment — whether you’re shooting in full auto, aperture priority or shutter priority modes, or even just auto ISO — to ensure that you don’t blow highlights or let details disappear into the shadows is a handy skill. Janine Krayer from Pangolin Wildlife Photography talks you through when you might want to use exposure compensation and how to put it to good use.

Mirrorless cameras offer a significant advantage over DSLR cameras and their optical viewfinders. Not only can you become accustomed to your EVF and learn when the camera’s metering might be a little off, but it also offers handy features such as an in-view, live histogram to give you an accurate idea of what you’re about to capture.

Personally I want the rotating seat and rig that Pangolin Wildlife Photography has for shooting out in the Chobe National Park in Botswana. Looks like a fantastic setup!

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