Not too many people know about this little trick but it can have an incredible impact on the outcome of your image. It’s technically called 'exposure compensation.' Exposure compensation allows you to increase or decrease the overall exposure of the image before taking the photo. It gives you manual control over the exposure instead of relying on the camera to figure it out for you. Exposure compensation is a common feature on many DSLR and mirrorless cameras but was introduced on the iPhone back in 2014 with the iOS 8 update.
Here are some real world examples you will be able to relate to: Have you ever taken a picture at the beach and the person you took the picture of is completely in shadow while the sky looks great? Exposure compensation can fix that. Have you ever taken a picture of that killer sunset but it doesn’t look as dramatic as what you saw with your own eyes? Exposure compensation can fix that, as well. The results can be dramatic. See the two images, below.
To see the feature in action watch the video, below. Using this feature is super simple. Tap the screen where your subject is located and you’ll see the focus square appear. To the right of the focus square is a slider with a ‘sun’ icon. To brighten your subject, simply slide it up to your taste. To reduce the exposure, simply slide it down. Brightening the scene will expose more detail in your subject and often results in an improved photograph. Conversely, reducing the exposure can accentuate the colors of a sunset.
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