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 Post subject: Step Sisters Wedding.
PostPosted: Sun Oct 14, 2007 10:17 pm 
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I was tooling around at my step sisters wedding taking pictures with the D40 and kit lens (swapped to my 70-300mm once for some close up shots of the bride) and was actually quite happy with what the D40 produced. There was no professional photographer only and old friend who had been into photography using her Rebel XTi and the brides sister with a rebel XT... come to think of it I was the only person representing Nikon there ;).

Anyhow enough rambling on, here are the pictures presented as an example of what the D40 in novice hands is capable of.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/brate/sets ... 412822621/

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They're quite nice.

Although, a few of them could have benefited from spot metering (some of the ones that have people in the shadow against a very bright trees background).

Would you happen to have a link for the ones taken by your friends' Canons XT/350D and XTi/400D?

PS: I trust you lectured them about your gear's technical superiority? :wink:

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The wedding was yesterday and they havnt had a chance to get them uploaded.

I guess could anyone give me scenarios when the diffrent types of metering are appropriate.

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I'm also a beginner. What I'm about to write works for me, and was learned by trial and error. If someone else would like to add or correct, please do so. :-)

Well, for example, on a photo like this, you could have chosen spot metering - but I think you could even have gotten away with medium-center.

Er... both my manual and the camera menu are in portuguese, but you get three choices: matrix, medium-center and spot (I hope that's a correct translation).

Anyway, where were we... OK, select medium-centre metering and set you focus area to the centre of the image. Then point the focus point to the lady's face.

Now, half press the shutter button to get a metering and press the "AE-L AF-L" button. This will lock both the focus and the metering. Keep both buttons pressed and recompose the scene, then shoot. You'll get a correct metering for the lady's face.

You can set the "AE-L AF-L" button to lock either the focus, the metering, or both.

There's a very quick test you can do in your house. Go to a dark room and switch on the ceiling light.

Now, take a photo of the ceiling light as usual. The camera will correctly measure the whole of the frame, thus providing a balance between the lamp and the ceiling. You'll be able to see the lamp, but the ceiling itself will appear very dark. This is "technically correct", but may sometimes be contrary to your intention.

Now, let's try with exposure lock (AE-L). Point to some piece of furniture and press half the shutter button and AE-L. Now recompose and take a photo of the same lamp. This time, the lamp will be very bright (you probably won't be able to tell there's a lamp there, but the ceiling will be very distinguishable (i.e. the camera is being forced to treat the photo as if the light source wasn't there - it's being forced to treat it as if it were of the same brightness as the piece of furniture). This is of course "technically incorrect", but may sometimes provide better results.

Again, you can set the "AF-E AF-L" button to lock only the exposure, so you could be metering on some object and then focus correctly on you subject.

On that particular photo, using medium-centre metering and exposure lock, would have gotten the lady's skin in a more medium brightness, although the background trees would appear even brighter - but then your subject is the lady, not the trees.

High contrast situations are hard to deal with. You did a great job - with a little room for improvement. :wink:

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Luis,

Thanks I tried what you said and understand now, I will have to try it in practice later.

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