help with AE lock

Started Nov 12, 2004 | Discussions
George F Senior Member • Posts: 1,176
help with AE lock

i am trying to understand how to use the AE lock. this is what i am doing, and i am not sure i am doing it right? i focus on the white shirt of my subject. i then push the * button. i then focus on the face of the subject and again i push the * button and take the pic. i have the manual in front of me but it is not to clear on the proper way to achive AE lock. can someone PLEASE explain to me the proper way to get AE lock. thanks in advance to all who try to help.
--
George F

BDG Regular Member • Posts: 159
Re: help with AE lock

Its funny because I'm looking at the manual right now also, at the same exact part and i was just playing with the feature of the camera. As I understand it, point the center focus area of the camera of the area you want to lock exposure and press the * button, then point the camera at what you actually want to shoot, focus and shoot. if you push the button a second time, i would imagine it would re-meter the second thing you pushed on, voiding the initial reading. When you push the button you have 16 seconds to take the shot (if you let go) but if you continue to hold the button ( ) then you can take as long as you like.

If I am incorrect someone please let me (us both!) know. Im trying to learn as well...

George F wrote:

i am trying to understand how to use the AE lock. this is what i am
doing, and i am not sure i am doing it right? i focus on the white
shirt of my subject. i then push the * button. i then focus on the
face of the subject and again i push the * button and take the pic.
i have the manual in front of me but it is not to clear on the
proper way to achive AE lock. can someone PLEASE explain to me the
proper way to get AE lock. thanks in advance to all who try to help.
--
George F

OP George F Senior Member • Posts: 1,176
Re: help with AE lock

BDG

funny we both are "on the sme page" so to speak. from what i read i think you press the * button twice. page 78 says: 1) focus the subject 2) press the * button then it says the * icon will light in the viewfinder to indicate AE lock. then aim the center of the viewfinder over the subject where the exposure is to be locked the press the * button, it locks the current setting. now do you press the shutter button agian to focus on where you want the focus point to be? 3) compose the shot and shoot. i'll keep trying but i hope someone who does this all the time will help us out.
George F

Blue Breeze Senior Member • Posts: 1,664
Re: help with AE lock

Press the * button only once, then recompose to the image position you want to take the picture, then press the shutter.

George F wrote:

BDG
funny we both are "on the sme page" so to speak. from what i read i
think you press the * button twice. page 78 says: 1) focus the
subject 2) press the * button then it says the * icon will light in
the viewfinder to indicate AE lock. then aim the center of the
viewfinder over the subject where the exposure is to be locked the
press the * button, it locks the current setting. now do you press
the shutter button agian to focus on where you want the focus point
to be? 3) compose the shot and shoot. i'll keep trying but i hope
someone who does this all the time will help us out.
George F

-- hide signature --

Former Kodak 280 user.
Current Olympus d-40 owner
Former Panasonic FZ10 user
Canon Rebel Semi-newbie

BDG Regular Member • Posts: 159
Re: help with AE lock

The last little point says:
"Each time you press the button it locks the current exposure setting"

I think the instructions are just telling you to push the button and notice the * in the viewfinder, but if you keep pushing it you can watch the shutter and f stop change every time you point it at sometihng else.

George F wrote:

BDG
funny we both are "on the sme page" so to speak. from what i read i
think you press the * button twice. page 78 says: 1) focus the
subject 2) press the * button then it says the * icon will light in
the viewfinder to indicate AE lock. then aim the center of the
viewfinder over the subject where the exposure is to be locked the
press the * button, it locks the current setting. now do you press
the shutter button agian to focus on where you want the focus point
to be? 3) compose the shot and shoot. i'll keep trying but i hope
someone who does this all the time will help us out.
George F

OP George F Senior Member • Posts: 1,176
Re: help with AE lock

ok think i got it, press the button only once so i see the icon in my viewfinder. recompose to where i want the center focus point to be and take the pic. thanks for all who helped me out. going to try a few things "under the lights" and see what happens.

George F

Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads