29th November 2002, 09:45 PM
29th November 2002, 10:32 PM
Using Manual Mode is nothing more than well, setting your aperture, shutter, (And possibly focus too) manually instead of relying on automation. Either you set the aperture, shutter speed etc according to the built-in meter, or you estimate exposure based on experience, or override the meter on certain situations based on experience etc.
29th November 2002, 11:20 PM
Don't worry about asking dumb questions, we all do that too.
About using manual mode: it doesn't mean you'll do away with the camera meter when you are in manual mode. You'll still need the meter (be it spot, center weighted, or matrix/evaluative) to assist you in determining the proper exposure based on the lighting condition. Manual mode is useful when you want to override the exposure setting selected by the camera, e.g. when taking night scene. (Otherwise if in aperture priority mode, the camera will select and set the shutter speed based on the metering, and vice versa for shutter priority).
How to use the G2 exposure meter to assist you in setting the exposure: press the shutter release button lightly to perform the metering. A number should appear at the left of the LCD. The number will show -2, -1, -1/3, 0, +1 etc. That indicates how many stops your setting is away from the metered value. E.g. -1 means your setting is 1 stop under the metered value. If you take the pic at the current setting, it will come out 1 stop underexposed (sometimes you deliberately want to do so, e.g. night scene so as not to blow out/bleed the bright lights).
Hope that helps.