When you get the chance to join one of our outings, I will show you how its done.
And you already have the same stuff used to take this pics...
D40x (you have D60 also... but might as well bring your D700 LOL)
18-55 non-VR (VR version works too).
$50 tripod (can be replaced with any tripod more expensive).
Important thing is, pray for good weather and nice clouds....
but reading is easy but to put what you read to practical may not be for some.
there is a few types of ppl
1. Full of theories but comes to practical - CMI
2. There is some will sleep when comes to theory but wake up when comes to practical - Myself
3. There is some who can read/study and put everything to use almost immediately - Not many
and some many others but above is common ones.
we must understand the existence of all these type of ppl and do not expect much from all cos not all is the same.
so it always pays to learn from the basic then to move on to tougher steps.
to me, basic level is always evaluative metering that's why by default all cam comes with this setting. Followed by the traditional center metering. A more advance level comes to spot metering when you used it only when you need to and not all the shots.
IMHO spot metering is a concept that can be explained in 1 min. And something that can be explained in 1 min can be applied in the next.
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some ppl can read and understand but cannot apply practically (just like a Masters student, he may hold a Masters degree but doesn't mean he can work well). TS could be one of this type of ppl. And hence his bad photos could be due to his wrong misinterpretation of what he understood theoretically.
While i am the opposite, i am bored with theories, i prefer to learn the hard way by doing practical. That's how i pick up all these since last year when i first touch DSLR. I picked up a DSLR without knowing whats aperture, shutter aperture, exposure, metering and stuffs like that. All are trial and errors.
and friends who know me will know that, i dun have any idols over famous photographers, tell me any famous photographers, likely i dun know them or even seen their works. what adam ansler etc, i dun care a hoot. they are they, i am me. haha
like i mention i am comfortable with my center metering. And spot metering sounds too challenging for me to explore at this point of time. So if you asked me honestly, no i dun know anything about spot metering cos i dun use it.
Canon camera bodies 5dm2 and below all takes spot meter reading from the center spot only. So how is that different from center spot metering?
Spot metering is no big deal. Basically it measures the correct exposure for that one spot. It is as simple as that. So in landscape pictures, you can spot meter on the spot you want your exposure to be spot on (for example, your point of interest) and fire off. The entire exposure will geared for that spot. In Canon's case (except for 1D series), that is the small spot in the center of the frame.
since exposure is taken from the spot only. it will means higher chance of underexposure or underexposure right?
so if TS is doing it wrongly and think its the cam or lens or both that creates it then start blaming it. isn't that a possibility?
so if that is the case, am i not right to ask him to start with the basic evaluative or center metering (there is still some difference btw center and spot right? if same why have two in the first place) and when he understand better then use spot? cos u can't be using spot 24/7 x 365 days always.
The more complex use of spot involves taking 2 readings. At different parts of the frame lighted different. For example, a dark foreground, and a bight sunrise sky. This will give you an idea of how much different in exposures they are. This difference will give you an idea to gauge what kind of GND to use, to try to bring the exposures closer together (within a 2 stop range). How hard is it to do that? point the meter point at the bright part, remember the values, then point the meter point at the dark part and remember the values. Compare the 2 values in your head... If you fixed the aperture, you only need to compare the shutter speeds. How hard is that?
And... if you tell people they cannot try something because they are not ready, what are you really saying? I will say it differently... try it, try as many things as possible. if you fail, read up on why and try again... This is called the learning process.
People who do not try... are people who will not improve.
Go on... try something different for a change. You might like the feeling of taking a chance.
And btw, I hope you realize shooting more pictures in digital is free. Just in case you missed that part.
Last edited by daredevil123; 22nd November 2010 at 08:47 PM.