Day 8 - Exposure Metering
Adjusting for correct exposure
What? I got it right in the camera and now you tell me it may not be right? Say what?
How does my exposure meter judge exposure?
When looking at your LCD monitor on the back or top of your camera (depending on the camera type) you can see the exposure meter. When adjusting your camera to manual mode (the M button on your camera) you will also be able to see this when looking directly into the camera. By shifting the meter to zero, we get a correct exposure. By having all three elements of exposure (ISO, shutter speed and aperture) leveled off ensures a properly exposed image. The best explanation of the three types of metering, Center-weighted, Matrix/Multi-segment and Spot metering, click here for a great article.
Reducing the amount of light coming in we can do the following, increase our shutter speed, decrease the lens aperture or decrease the ISO.
Increasing light and decreasing light is not the same for every situation. This can be a bit tricky, but with practice as we move into shooting in manual mode, it will come.
Today’s takeaways and To Do’s:
1. Re-read this post. It can be a bit complex, but it will be important to understand.
2. Adjust your camera setting to the Manual Mode (M) on the little icon buttons. Look on your LCD Panel to see your tick marks of the exposure meter.
3. Look into the camera and you will see it there.
4. I just want you familiar with seeing it.
Great job today! See you tomorrow! This is going to get exciting, I can’t wait!