Spot Metering and Recompose

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Re: Spot Metering and Recompose

PhotoTeach2 wrote:

Jcbailey wrote:

Sorry about all the questions but i'm learning a lot

Was looking up about spot metering and ae-lock

Baiscally going into a dark area or a place with low light and looking at the bright parts taking a meterining of it. AE-lock it and then re-compose to whatever i want and take the picture. will this work or is spot metering even more complicated then it seems?

Thanks

Spot-metering is an extremely valuable tool but requires full understanding of EC to fully exploit it.

Remember that your meter is calibrated to give you a "gray" output, (w/out EC offset).

So you must (spot) meter off of a (18% reflectance) "gray".

IF you are (spot) metering off of a WHITE subject, you must use +1, +2, (or even +3) to reproduce it as "white".

Consequently if metering from a BLACK object, you must offset w/ -+, -2 etc.

So if I put the spot on something random and it looks white I need to +1 or +2 and just take the shot or so I go into one of the auto modes so the settings adjust automatically?

Thanks

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