Both of these images were taken with a point and shoot camera that has exposure composition options.

With the transition from film to a digital sensor we have lost the forgiveness of film when it came to getting the correct exposure.

This can best be seen in the highlight areas of your photo. Where we used to be able to simply point and shoot, now even with a $27,000 camera we must use the Live View monitor to control our digital cameras exposure selection. By using Exposure Composition we override the automation and have to make exposure adjustments a large portion of the time.

The camera has a zero point (meaning the point of no compensation), which is set by camera manufacturer. This position turns out to be incorrect more than half the time. In the example above, the photo on the left was taken at the zero point and the photo on the right was taken with a -2/3 compensation, which provides a better shot.

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