Getting the Exposure Right

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Getting the Exposure Right

I am confused  - for many many years (too many)  I have always understood that  for most things  example a grey plane against a cloudy background  or a dark bird against the same background,  the thing to do is to increase exposure  by dialing in  + Positive exposure compensation,   I  generally dial in 2/3 - 1 stop of EC  for this reason.

But now I am confused as I understand  in those situations I should have done the opposite  thing and gone the other way  - Negative EC.

The reason I ask  - is I tend to use Spot metering  to be more presise  however alot of my shots using the above Positive EC  over the years  have come out darker than I had hoped for  meaning more noise etc.

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