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How to Deal with the Dreaded Blinkies

If you look on your camera’s LCD monitor and you see the blinkies appearing in an area that’s important to you (like in the clouds, or in someone’s white shirt, or in the snow, etc.), then you can use your digital camera’s exposure compensation control. Basically, you’re going to lower the exposure until the blinkies go away. It usually takes a few test shots (trial and error) to find out how much you have to back down, but normally this only takes a few seconds. Here’s how it works:

Nikon: Press the exposure compensation button that appears just behind your shutter button (as shown above). Then move the command dial until your exposure compensation reads –1/3 (that’s minus 1/3 of a stop). Now take the same shot again and see if the blinkies are gone. If they’re not, do the same thing, but lower the amount another 1/3, so it reads –2/3 of a stop, and so on, until the blinkies are gone.

Canon: Turn the mode dial to any creative zone mode except manual, turn the power switch to the quick control dial setting, then set the exposure compensation by turning the quick control dial on the back of the camera and using the settings mentioned above.

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