Spot metering snow scenes

Started Apr 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
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GeorgianBay1939 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,044
Spot metering snow scenes

As a newbie, I started shooting RAW 6 months ago and learned to ETTR using spot metering and the histogram in the EVF.   Now, when out-of-doors I spot meter ETTR almost exclusively as I find that I can load the sensor very quickly and reliably that way.  I think about getting a good "highlight" exposure for a HDR bracket and shoot accordingly. I review (chimp) all of my shots using the RGBY histogram and find that I rarely have to re-expose (or shoot any bracket shots to further expose the darks.)

I process and post-process in LR4.3.  I only shoot hand-held when out and about. (Too old, frail, and impatient to carry a tripod around in the snow.  Also too cold to set one up!!!)

My purpose in posting these few pix is to seek your guidance.   Am I heading in the right direction?   Is there any value in using centre-weighted or matrix metering?

Snow texture with sparkles

Shadows on Byng Inlet house

Boats on Harris Lake beach

Negligee effect on Harris Lake Road

Tamaracks late afternoon at Mag IR

As is probably painfully obvious, I am new to this hobby.  So the above are posted as examples of my current technique hoping that you'll give me some instruction.

Thank you,


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