Article ID : 00007774 / Last Modified : 05/08/2019

When should I use the manual exposure of my camera?

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The camera usually sets the optimum exposure value (EV) automatically when shooting in AUTO mode. However, black subjects and white subjects have a different reflectance even when exposed to the same amount of light - the amount of light received by the exposure meter is different. This may cause the exposure meter to judge a white subject as a bright location or a black subject as a dark location, regardless of the scene, and set the wrong exposure. 

Watch this  on how to manually adjust the exposure or follow the instructions below. For model-specific information, check your manual.

  • Adjust the exposure in the plus (+) direction when shooting white or backlit subjects.
  • Adjust the exposure in the minus (-) direction when shooting black subjects.