Idiot question alert - 52 focus points

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Re: Idiot question alert - 52 focus points
In reply to Truman Prevatt, 11 months ago

Truman Prevatt wrote:

Quote - Do you really think that most of the people who shoot in manual are using light meters? I gather you do but I seriously doubt most manual shooters do.

Well when I set up my 4x5 the first thing I do is compose. The second thing I do is make multiple readings with my spot meter and then use that data to calculate my exposure. There is little more manual than using a 4x5 film camera.

Shooting manual has nothing to do with using a light meter. In fact the proper use of the light meter was the basis of the photography of people like Minor White, Ansel Adams, etc.

Using a good light meter - it might be in the camera - to estimate the exposure is the first step in most photographers. In some cases a photographers have the experience levels that they just know but then again - Adams, except in a few exceptions, used his meter.

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Again, what I meant was not to ignore meters.  But using a reflective spot meter in the camera or even matrix and just lining up the +/- in the camera is not going to yield the best results.  You still have to use your head based on the subject.

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