Fergulmcc From Ireland, joined Oct 2004, 1916 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 1 hour ago) and read 4773 times:
Quoting Othic (Thread starter): what metering mode should I use on my 40D+EF70-200 F4 IS for best effect?
Ever used a grey card? Or even a light meter. What the camera is essentially metering is reflective light and not the light actually falling onto your subject. Its no different when shooting in a studio. I measure the light of each light source, (flash Head), and adjust them accordingly to what I need. With the sun you need to adjust the camera to suit, shutter speed etc. Do a search in the archives as this was discussed quite extensively in a thread a few years back and there was some very good explanations given.
I was fighting with that the other day...I decided to exercise my d2x and used the center weight option and I continously got under exposed images...so I played around with it till I corrected the trouble...The conditions were severe clear, bright reflections from aircraft...bottom line was the center weight on a crisp clear day was only reading the highlights off the fuselage and overcompensated everything else...
Dazbo5 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 2910 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4681 times:
Quoting Soon7x7 (Reply 5): reading the highlights off the fuselage and overcompensated everything else...
That's why I've found evaluative a better option than centre weighted. Canon SLR's do a pretty good job. Canon's have a tendancy to over expose and blow highlights slightly in bright conditions so I always dial in -1/3 to -2/3 of a stop of exposure compensation on bright days. Apart from that, it's always worked well for me. The 350D sometimes got it a bit wrong but the 50D is impressive so far. I use manual sometimes but when lighting is constantly changing, I prefer to let the camera do the work.
Equipment: 2x Canon EOS 50D; Sigma 10-20 EX DC HSM, 50-500 EX APO DG, Canon 24-105 f/4 L, Speedlite 430EX
I pretty much worked out the way you mentioned, what gets me is that I had purchased a d300 as a back up camera , but having been using the d2x the other day, I found they both shoot differently so I have to rethink what I'm doing when I change bodies...The d2x does not seem to have the latitude that the d300 has...so I will have to go in and custom set the cameras...Digitals are a pain...j
Michlis From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 737 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (5 years 7 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 4553 times:
Quoting Cpd (Reply 1): (or better still, use a Nikon).
Why? Come to the dark side...you do not know the power of the dark side.
With my 20D what I use for metering depends on shooting conditions. Most of the time I use Evaluative, however, when dealing with a lot of backlighting (especially with the sun illuminating an overcast day) I find center-weighted works better.
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