KeyAndFill raises a couple of good points. My Canon bodies do not offer Exposure Compensation in Manual mode. In the other modes, I most frequently use it to tell the camera that “Yes, I really want the night sky to look like it was night” when shooting in Av mode. Can anyone with a Nikon tell us what the interaction between Exposure Compensation and Manual mode is?
“John Loengard, the picture editor at Life, always used to tell me, ”If you want something to look interesting, don’t light all of it.”
― Joe McNally, The Moment It Clicks: Photography Secrets from One of the World’s Top Shooters
I subscribe to that… But my wife does not. She is not at all a fan of dark. If she can not see into all the nooks and crannies she is unhappy, so I have to shoot some things twice. Once for me and once to cater to my customer.