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Getting a good exposure with Manual settings

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Aug 12, 2017 16:45 as a reply to post 18426079 |  #16

The sky is not a good reference for middle tones. Its exposure value changes with time of the day, season, latitude and angle, amid other factors. For your 'rule of thumb', you aim the spot at the blue sky ~30° above the horizon. But again, you won't get the same exposure value in Florida than in Winnipeg. At my latitudes (~50° N), I don't have to compensate at all: the blue in the clear sky 30° above the horizon in the summer, in the late afternoon is middle blue.

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Aug 12, 2017 19:01 |  #17

Leigh wrote in post #18426079 (external link)
For out-doors, Not "too" techno, but perhaps a bit quicker:

Start by setting the SP, AV, & ISO for getting the desired speed, DOF, & ISO (Or set Auto ISO).

Aim at green grass, foliage, weathered wood, or gray rock which are all close to neutral-gray.

Use any MODE that covers the "gray" object, and center the Meter.

Take a test shot of your subject, & view the exposure, & Histogram.

Compensate with either SP, AV, or ISO based on the results of the test shot.

Against a Blue sky background; Center the meter on a "patch" of the sky, and increase one stop, as a starting point.

Inside, for me: Flash

FYI, step #5 above is faster & easier.

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Aug 13, 2017 08:51 as a reply to Alveric's post |  #18

My reference to metering off the sky + 1 stop, was for a starting point for shooting objects" in the sky", such as BIF or Aircraft.


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