A&P OT Nikon crew, teach me more about M exposure mode

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  1. axio

    axio New Member

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    Does anyone even use it? I've been fooling around with it but can't get any decent results on my d70, so I've been sticking with aperture priority mode for now. What settings should I use in M exposure mode?
     
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    Look at the meter? I usually keep my camera on aperture priority until I shoot at night and my camera underexposes the shit out of the photo (I have a D70s as well). Then when I shoot manually I "overexpose" like 3 stops and check the histogram/highlights option to make sure I didnt lose any detail. I dunno if that answers your question.
     
  3. IntheWorks

    IntheWorks windin film.. takin pics Moderator

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    whatever settings give you proper exposure... :ugh: You're camera has a built in meter for a reason... use it.
     
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    i honestly use it about 1 percent of the time. i used to always use it but then when i realized how powerful aperture priority was it really let me worry about composition and timing, not shutter speeds and fstops.
     
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    Gromer Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K!

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    I've read the manual, but is there a way to use the light meter to give you all exposure information? When I have it in A mode, I can get the light meter's shutter speed reading and when I'm in S mode I can get the aperture reading. There a mode I can use to show me both?
     
  6. axio

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    & I'm using the meter to adjust accordingly. I'm asking more along the lines of white balance settings, etc. It seems like the settings I use in aperture priority work and look great, but when I switch over to manual I can get the picture to look decent but not as vivid. The main thing I've been playing around with has been white balance.
     
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    Manual is great when you're shooting under lighting conditions that don't change much:

    sports on a clear sunny day (no clouds)
    Long exposures as night or dusk (camera often meters too bright)
    shooting indoors with a flash

    Just any time there's not a lot of change in light intensity, OR when the camera's meter is way off.
     
  8. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    Here's the quick answer.

    When you're looking through the viewfinder, theres a little bar meter. That is your light meter.

    If the bar is to the right, it's gonna end up over exposed. Left - under exposed.

    So, take your camera, and guess at the shutterspeed and aperture. Then half click to see where the bar goes. Then, move your aperture or shutter speed to compensate for that.

    Ideally, you want the bar somewhere near the middle. Once you have it there, shoot.

    and poof. Instant good exposure.
     
  9. axio

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    Aperture priority is great, but I want to learn the camera inside and out. I feel really gimped when using manual mode :o
     
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    CornUponCob New Member

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    If you're shooting RAW just make sure you haven't clipped any individual color channels (unless the clipping occurs in an unimportant part of the image) and you're golden (usually)
     
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    i only use M
     
  12. axio

    axio New Member

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    Excellent details, Mr Vonnegut ;)
     
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