Do you prefer EV Comp or AE Lock?


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sjackal

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In tricky lighting conditions when the camera's metering is fooled, do you prefer to:

1) Use the AE Lock button and take your metering off the correct area?

2) Adjust using the EV Compensation?

3) Adjust your exposure settings (Shutter/Aperture)?

I am interested to know, especially for events shooters where things can be fast moving.

I prefer to use (1) myself, because when I used (2), I often forgot to switch back (when the events moving fast) and sometimes my photos following that shot are a bit darker or brighter.
 

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Fast event with changing light, and I'm not using flash in Av mode: EV Compensation
Fast event with changing light, and I'm using flash in Av mode: FEC Compensation
Normal event with rather consistent light, with / without me using flash: Manual mode

I've long replaced the * button on my canon, supposedly used for AE lock, for autofocus.
 

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1) Use the AE Lock button and take your metering off the correct area? Use this for one off incident.

2) Adjust using the EV Compensation? Shooting at same saturation for a period of time

3) Adjust your exposure settings (Shutter/Aperture)? base on the above I guess you are shooting with A, S or P mode, how do you adjust exposure setting when you are not in Manual mode?
 

sjackal

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1) Use the AE Lock button and take your metering off the correct area? Use this for one off incident.

2) Adjust using the EV Compensation? Shooting at same saturation for a period of time

3) Adjust your exposure settings (Shutter/Aperture)? base on the above I guess you are shooting with A, S or P mode, how do you adjust exposure setting when you are not in Manual mode?
#3 is assuming if you shoot in M mode of course.
 

dision

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Depends. Got enough time to recompose use spot metering then AE lock. Not enough time or lazy, just EV +/- and see histogram. But ultimately I dun like holding on to * button for more then a few mins.
 

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michhy

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Ok then I mention now. Ready... go! :

#3 Switch to M mode.

:bsmilie:
why would u wanna waste a perfectly good piece of technology?
use P-mode, then use AE lock (hope your camera has a dedicated button for AELock).
It's so friggin convenient (and fast)
 

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why would u wanna waste a perfectly good piece of technology?
use P-mode, then use AE lock (hope your camera has a dedicated button for AELock).
It's so friggin convenient (and fast)
haha!

It's more convinient for me to spin the EV comp. dial thou :bsmilie:

but yea, manual mode will cost you a few seconds ( which you may not have =x )
 

sjackal

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why would u wanna waste a perfectly good piece of technology?
use P-mode, then use AE lock (hope your camera has a dedicated button for AELock).
It's so friggin convenient (and fast)
Cannot consider it a waste of tech, but rather different people different styles and preferences and also different situation different needs.

I am not a P mode shooter, (used to though, when using compacts.)

There are things you can't do in P mode and you need A or S or M.
 

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