Flash Exposure Compensation
In P, S, A, and M modes, ﬂ ash exposure compensation can be used to increase
or reduce ﬂ ash output from the level chosen by the camera's ﬂ ash control
system (ﬂ ash exposure compensation is not available in Digital Vari-Program
modes). Flash output can be increased to make the main subject appear
brighter, or reduced to prevent unwanted highlights or reﬂ ections. As a rule
of thumb, positive compensation may be needed when the main subject is
darker than the background, negative compensation when the main subject
is brighter than the background.
Rotate the mode dial to P, S, A, or M and choose a ﬂ ash sync mode as
described in Steps 1–4 of "Using the Built-in Speedlight" (
mand dial and conﬁ rm ﬂ ash exposure com-
pensation in the control panel or viewﬁ nder.
Flash exposure compensation can be set to
values between –3 EV (darker) and +1 EV
(brighter) in increments of
At values other than ±0, a
displayed in the control panel and viewﬁ nder
after you release the
value for ﬂ ash exposure compensation can be
conﬁ rmed by pressing the
Take a picture as instructed in Steps 5–7 of "Using the Built-in Speed-
Normal ﬂ ash output can be restored by setting ﬂ ash exposure compensation
to ±0.0 or performing a two button reset (
sation is not reset when the camera is turned off.
Using Flash Exposure Compensation with Optional Speedlights
Flash exposure compensation is also available with optional SB-800 and SB-600 Speed-
9—EV Step (
This option can be used to set the increments for ﬂ ash compensation to ½ EV.
button, rotate the sub-com-
button. The current
icon will be
111). Flash exposure compen-