Idiot question alert - 52 focus points

Started Jan 2, 2014 | Questions thread
Truman Prevatt
Truman Prevatt Veteran Member • Posts: 7,355
Re: Idiot question alert - 52 focus points

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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