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Offline nesneros

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« on: February 16, 2010, 10:30:30 PM »
So I have been playing around with settings and what not on my camera and I for the longest time had my camera set on Spot Metering mode but I thought I would play with center weighted and I think that I like center weighted a lot more!  It seems when I was using spot metering there would be one portion of the picture that was either very under exposed or one section that was way over exposed, especially with outdoor pictures.  Does this happen with everyone..?
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Re: my thoughts
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2010, 01:03:09 AM »
Hehe...sorry for laughing ;) Yes it does happen to everybody. While spot metering is fantastic for critical exposure metering it can lead to really wrong exposures if youmeasure from the wrong spot. Matrix or average take an average of your image's exposure values while spot as it says just from the spot you measure from. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. Keep it on matrix for most of the time and for certain situations such as i.e. silhouettes...put it on spot metering.

I had to really lauch as exactly the same happened to me before.
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« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2010, 04:03:38 PM »
it is fine =) I am glad I am at least able to prodice some laughs.  haha.  thank you for your advice btw =)
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« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2010, 05:43:09 PM »
Nesneros: Stef is correct.  The reason the three metering modes are offered is because they each have their applications. 

Spot metering (in my experience) is particularly useful for...
...when you want something small and far away properly exposed, or
...something very specific in a contrasty scene properly exposed, or
...have to determine a difficult average exposure for a contrasty scene.

Center-weighted I find is good for scenes that are generally more evenly lit like overcast days and/or your subject matter will occupy about the middle third to half of what you see in the viewfinder.

I use honeycomb metering for generally all other situations, and even contrasty ones if there is no subject that clearly dominates the picture.

For example, on  my 7D:
Register 1 (used for action shots) is set to spot metering.
Register 2 (used for cloudy/overcast day shots) is set to center-weighted.
Register 3 (used for indoor ambient light shots) is set to honeycomb metering.
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