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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:03 am 
Can any of you knowledgeable people out there give me help and advice in relaton to metering?

I realise it's a big subject but help would be appreciated.

I think I understand the basics but have never used anything other than evaluative mode on my 550D.

I have seen that partial and spot metering can be used for backlit subjects but am not sure how to correctly apply the various modes.

Should I be familiar with the use of exposure lock for all of this to make sense? I have never used that either and what confuses me is how to meter off part of a frame / scene and then reframe to focus on another part?

I'm sorry this is a bit of a meandering post but I'd love to get these things clear in my head.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:49 am 
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The exposure lock only works in the non manual modes (modes except M). It is activated by the * Star button, which is also the zoom out key in the top right. This will lock the exposure for 4 seconds.

I can't really decide which mode to use, so I generally stick to evaluative, and have my focus set to the single setting. Not that focussing is relative to this question.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 3:11 pm 
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In situations with high dynamic range or backlit subjects its useful sometimes to use spot metering and exposure lock. Set the metering on spot or partial, depending on the desired area to be metered, half press the shutter release and lock exposure with the * button. After that, you can recompose and shoot as Canon500D said. Be aware that when you have pressed the shutter button you also activated AF. If you want the focus on the metered spot don’t release the shutter button after you have locked exposure, recompose and take the picture. If you want your focus elsewhere, release shutter button after AE lock recompose activate AF again and take the picture, all within the 4 seconds time.
By using spot or area metering you lose the correct exposure for fill in flash. So if you want to compensate for the back light by using the flash, you have to use evaluative metering.
There is a caveat though with recomposing after locking the focus. If you have a shallow DOF you may lose focus, so the correct procedure is to compose and set the appropriate focusing point so you don’t have to lock the focus and recompose before taking the picture.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 11:38 pm 
Thanks for your helpful contributions.

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