Metering on White Egrets

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Snowfella
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Re: Metering on White Egrets

Rocket13 wrote:

Hello all, back for more tips. So I love shooting Egrets, I don't get to see them often so dont get to practice a ton on them. What I would like to know is how to meter on them to get the best detail out of them. I am sharing a recent shot just as reference. I understand I was not in a good position for the light but I didn't have options .

All depends on what metering mode you use, background and how prominent the Egret is in frame.
I tend to shoot mainly center weighted for birds (although my camera also has highlight protection metering mode) so with an Egret only taking up a fraction of the frame that generally means some negative EC needed, on the other hand one prominent in the frame generally means some positive EC needed.
How light/dark the background is determines how much EC is needed.

Up close with the bird taking up most of the metering area, positive EC needed

Only taking up a fraction of the metering area, negative EC needed

Though I do "cheat" like mad and shoot EVF cameras so I have a live histogram and also if I want it blinkes in the viewfinder, plus I can see the exposure even before taking the shot.

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