Immaculens wrote in post #18882525
Can you folks give me examples of how you use the exposure compensation when shooting nature or wildlife?
And how is it different that adjusting ISO? I've never had a good handle on EC...
I most often use auto ISO in M mode but too often over exposes my subject.
Or should I use center-weighted average metering?
Exposure composition (EC) is used when the subject and the background are of different exposures. For example, I shoot birds in flight (BIF), and the sky is so bright that the birds would end up being way underexposed, if I didn't use EC to over expose the sky by +1, +2, and sometimes even +3 (rarely) in order to allow the bird to be correctly exposed. So anytime that I'm shooting in Av or Tv mode, I'm using EC to get the correct exposure for my subject. A white bird, such as an egret (against a darker background) will be way over exposed if I don't use EC to get the correct exposure for the bird. In the case of the egret, I must use EC by under exposing -1, or -2 to keep from blowing out the bright white color of the bird.
Most of us who shoot wildlife (especially birds) like to shoot in manual mode because it's easier to consistently get the correct expose for our subject. Here, we don't use EC, but instead we can manually change the shutter speed, the aperture, or the ISO in order to get the correct exposure for our desired subject. An example would be shooting an elk against a snowy background. Once we figure out the correct exposure for the elk, and set our shutter speed, aperture and ISO; then it doesn't matter if the elk walks off the snow, and ends up with a forest background. We've already established the correct exposure for elk in manual mode, so whatever the background is, the elk will be correctly exposed.
Will...the more I type the more I realize that I have to try to explain this by talking to you directly. If you wish, I'd be happy to speak to you over the phone. PM me if you are interested, and I'll give you my cell phone number. I'd be happy to talk to you.