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#8: Lock the Exposure with AE Lock

A great feature of the G10 and G11 can also be one of its biggest annoyances. Unless you're shooting in Manual mode, the camera is always making adjustments to try to get the best image possible. Usually that's welcome, but sometimes you don't want the camera to mess with things like exposure once you've found a good setting.

Instead of switching over to manual mode, use the AE Lock button. As you compose your shot, move the camera's AF frame to an area of the scene that provides the exposure you're looking for‚ which is especially helpful in mixed lighting situations. Often this involves moving the camera instead of repositioning the AF frame on the screen, because the former is faster and you don't want to set that as the focus point. Once you've found a good spot, press the AE Lock button (the * button at the upper right). Next, recompose your shot; the exposure setting remains fixed until you capture the image.

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