Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by fukijama1, Dec 3, 2008.
any guides on how to get the exposure right when doing full manual mode.
take some test shots and see how they look on the histogram.
you can trial and error and then tet what you think against going into AV mode and setting your aperature and see what the camera wants to set the shutter for proper exposure.
no hard and fast rule here though. and proper exposure can also be subjective. This is the heart of photography and what makes every shot unique
Understanding Exposure-Bryan Peterson
Read it and learn.
If you use the light meter in the camera, get the hash mark in the middle for the image to generate 18% gray. Depending on the scene, you might want to under or over expose the image (snow storm or all black) to get a proper exposure. It becomes natural after a while. When I got my DSLR, I put it into Manual and haven't used any of the automatic settings. It helps you learn. Learn equivalent exposure as well (books will help) so you know "Ok, if I'm at f/5.6 and 1/250" if I change my aperture to f/4, I need to change my shutter speed to 1/500" to get the same amount of light hitting the sensor." It takes some getting used to, but it because easier as you use it more.
If I made a mistake at all, someone please correct me. Also, if I just went over stuff you already know, then I apologize.
i do it a bit diffrent.
when shooting black and white, spot meter for shadows and meter for that. you can always develop for the highlights later. when im using slide film always meter for the highlights, as over exposed slides are just clear plastic. (i tend to shoot mostly outdoors)
ok how would everyone meter this shot?
the photographer said "OK, very bright - should be f16 over film speed (400 asa) and as the reflectance was very high I added one stop and shot it at f22 and 1/500. It did work here - and I suspect that f16/500 would have blown the sky out a bit.
I have my camera set to spot meter, meter for the darkest area I want detail in (that'll give me middle grey in that area), then drop it 2 stops and fire.
This will give me detail in the shadows, but they'll be dark, and will still put most of my exposure in the right 3rd of my histogram, which is where I want it.
But I like to shoot my images flat, then post process the contrast in. This gives me the most variety in choices when I post process.
The easiest way would be to follow your built in exposure meter....
follow your heart...your intuition
for this one
pretty much the only option=expierence
I came in here to post this. Great book. Learn to use the cameras light meter.
what about ansel adams book
anyway since someone bumped this old thread i bought this fron KEH
Product: MINOLTA FLASH METER III (AMBIENT/FLASH) LIGHT METER
Shipping will be by: Ground UPS
it looked like the best deal. its digital, has dials instead of menus for faster work, and has flash metering.
When you're not sure what to set your exposure in high key and low key situations I would just use a 18% Grey card and use the spot meter built in your camera, and even then over expose about half a stop on in bright situations and under expose about half a stop in dark.
Works good for me that way
But then after a while of trial and error you would be able to just come to most light situations and already know what settings to use without a grey card.