I feel like my pictures are ahhh...okay...how can I get excellent exposure?

On in-class assignments our projects are metered and the results are great, without it blaaaah. The metering in the camera isn't the best so how do you know?

3 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    If your camera allows spot metering, select that and read of the main subject. If not, "bracket" your shot by taking one or two under and over the recommended exposure. You'll need to learn how to use the "M" setting or find out if your camera will "auto-bracket" for you. After that, pick the best exposure for your purposes before you do your final print.

  • Bob
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    You can always buy a used hand held meter and try incident metering. To really get the most out of your camera you'll have to play it like an instrument. Learn how it sees the world and compensate for its reflected view of the world. Learn what in your pictures are 18% gray and adjust from there. You could even buy a gray card and use it to teach you what in the real world like concrete, grass, etc. is equivalent. Excellent exposure is an artistic choice not a law. If your camera has a manual mode, experiment. Try reading Petersons' excellent "Understanding Exposure". Check out the link below for some more pointers.

  • 1 decade ago

    Figure out how your camera meters. It's probably center weighted. So point the camera at something of the same brightness as your subject, hold the shutter button half-way down, and frame your shot as you want it, then push the button the rest of the way down.

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