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Part II Beyond The Basics > Chapter 5 Understanding Exposure

5
Understanding Exposure

When you bought your Nikon V1, you probably thought your days of worrying about getting the correct exposure were over. To paraphrase an old Kodak tagline dating back to the 19th Century—the goal is, “you press the button, and the camera does the rest.” For the most part, that’s a realistic objective. The V1 is one of the smartest cameras available when it comes to calculating the right exposure for most situations. You can generally choose Smart Photo Selector or switch to Program (P), Shutter-priority (S), or Aperture-priority (A) and shoot away.

For example, when you shoot with the main light source behind the subject, you end up with backlighting, which can result in an overexposed background and/or an underexposed subject. The Nikon V1 recognizes backlit situations nicely, and can properly base exposure on the main subject, producing a decent photo. Features like Active D-Lighting (discussed in Chapter 8) can fine-tune exposure as you take photos, to preserve detail in the highlights and shadows.


  

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