Idiot question alert - 52 focus points

Started Jan 2, 2014 | Questions thread
SergioSpain Contributing Member • Posts: 539
Re: Idiot question alert - 52 focus points

Rservello wrote:

SergioSpain wrote:

I couldn't have said it better myself. A lot of people like to shoot in manual because it makes them feel more in control of the shot, when in reality, if they're using the camera's meter, all they're doing is making more work for themselves by fiddling with the dials. And there's nothing wrong with that as long as they don't preach to everyone about how manual is the only way to go. Let's face it, the exposure triangle is just not that hard to learn. We may like to think it is to feel smarter, but it's not rocket science.

If you dial in to the internal spot meter...ok. Does anyone that shoots manual actually do that tho?? I occasionally glance at the spot meter to see how far off it's saying I am. I'm usually under or over exposed by 3 or 4 stops. Why...because it's measuring direct reflected light. If I point it at someones eye and follow the meter the shot will be horribly over exposed...if I'm metering off a bright spot it will be horribly under exposed. Use an incident meter to get in the proper ball park...then do what you know.

Also...can you really say that when using full auto and taking portrait that a 1/60 f5.8 is REALLY the best setting for the shot?? If you understand what app/shutter does to the final image you know that for a portrait you are better off shooting at a lower ap higher shutter to get more DOF. Maybe you want the same shot, but you want to see the background...then you want a higher higher ap and lower shutter setting. What if you want minimal grain, and you know you can pull off a pretty low setting that the camera would say is WAY underexposed. Auto and spot meters don't take aesthetics into account....only 20% grey. Shoot someone in the snow using auto and marvel at the dark grey snow behind them. Shoot someone by candlelight and enjoy that noise field and distracting environment behind them. There is more to shooting manual than just to feel better about yourself.

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.

And by auto I don't mean P mode. I mean any of the automatic modes. So I would not shoot a portrait at f5.6 and I would use +EV to shoot a ice hockey or skiing. Again, these conditions could all be perfectly handled in an auto mode. I don't think you need to shoot in manual to learn about depth of field, motion blur, exposure, or just about anything in photography. I've never used manual (except for time lapses) and I've got a good grasp of all these things. But then again maybe I are just exceptionally smart!

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