MULT AVERAGE OR SPOT METER

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Neverlost99
Neverlost99 Regular Member • Posts: 416
MULT AVERAGE OR SPOT METER

How often if ever do you change your metering? I don’t see much difference in Multi and Center, but have not looked that hard .

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kkardster
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Re: MULT AVERAGE OR SPOT METER

I have a bit of bulls-eye vision. Or I center on the primary subject, half-press to lock focus and exposure, then recompose. For both, center-weighted does most of the work, but I will switch to spot when needed.

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Tom Schum
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Re: MULT AVERAGE OR SPOT METER

I seldom use spot metering but it is nice to have it in the toolbox.

Usually I shoot with the wide multi metering, not the center-weighted multi. I keep the live histogram in the viewfinder at all times and adjust the EV comp dial before hitting the shutter button, to keep the highlights from blowing out.

If it is really important I check the images immediately after shooting, for blinkies before moving on, and occasionally I have to re-shoot.

My ZS100 has a bracketing setting where it will take three different exposures in quick succession. I'm using this more and more because later I just pick the exposure I like the best.

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Jon_T
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Re: MULT AVERAGE OR SPOT METER

Dependent on subject and lighting conditions.

If the main subject lighting is noticeable brighter than background, i.e., shooting a white Heron in sunlight, I'll use Spot metering on the Heron to prevent overexposure and/or blown highlights.

Same at evening (or indoor) performances where the performers are illuminated by spotlight I'll use spot metering on performer to prevent performer(s) from being overexposed; especially faces.

For general shooting with central subject I generally use single center AF frame and center-weighted metering.

I have my FZ1000 "Fn1" set for "Metering Mode" to have easy access to metering mode selection.

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