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    Default any good guide on how to efficiently use Spot Metering?

    I have this problem when background is dark, people wearing dark clothes,

    if i meter at their clothes, over expose..
    if I meter at their face, under expose...

    is there a good guide that teaches what object to be use for metering ?
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    Smile Re: any good guide on how to efficiently use Spot Metering?

    you are using reflected light readings, right? try using incident light readings.

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    Default Re: any good guide on how to efficiently use Spot Metering?

    if you're asian and in the same lighting condition as your target, use the michael yamashita method: meter the back of your hand.
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    Default Re: any good guide on how to efficiently use Spot Metering?

    thanks..I will google for those stuff to read up...
    500D, 18-55mm, 50mm f/1.8, SIGMA 18-200mm DC OS
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    Default Re: any good guide on how to efficiently use Spot Metering?

    Basics of exposure, really. Go read up on photography basics.
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    Default Re: any good guide on how to efficiently use Spot Metering?

    Quote Originally Posted by ekardo View Post
    I have this problem when background is dark, people wearing dark clothes,

    if i meter at their clothes, over expose..
    if I meter at their face, under expose...
    The spot metering is programmed to deliver ideal exposure for a 18% grey subject. So if your subject is white, you need to introduce an overexposure correction that leads to the white aspect, if your subject is black an underexposure correction is necessary to get the black aspect.

    To make it simple, using efficiently spot metering consists IMHO in selecting with accuracy and with time experience the tiny area that will give you directly the right exposure with no lost of time, with no exposure correction in addition, no matter your subject is.

    Just have in mind using efficiently spot metering does not guarantee you will be reactive enough as you have to focus & meter the tiny area you choose, introduce exposure correction if necessary, recompose and finally shoot your picture. Choosing what PAMTv mode to use, accordingly to light conditions, is important and helpful too.

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