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Aug 22, 2011 20:16 |  #16

A white object in the frame will push the exposure down, depending on you use the meter.




  
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Aug 22, 2011 20:28 |  #17

If you're using evaluative metering, there's a chance that it picked up all the white in the zebra and underexposed slightly as a result. You'd probably get better results from using spot and metering on the child's face, or just adding a little + EC when bright objects dominate the frame.


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Aug 22, 2011 20:50 |  #18

Veemac wrote in post #12981380 (external link)
If you're using evaluative metering, there's a chance that it picked up all the white in the zebra and underexposed slightly as a result. You'd probably get better results from using spot and metering on the child's face,....

^^This^^ is the way I like to meter. Use spot meter with manual exposure mode, read the child's face and set the exposure to overexpose the skin by 1 stop. Take a shot, check histrogram, check for blinkies (small amounts/areas of blinking is ok), adjust exposure as necessary.
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Aug 22, 2011 22:18 |  #19

Overkill-F1 wrote in post #12981513 (external link)
^^This^^ is the way I like to meter. Use spot meter with manual exposure mode, read the child's face and set the exposure to overexpose the skin by 1 stop. Take a shot, check histrogram, check for blinkies (small amounts/areas of blinking is ok), adjust exposure as necessary.
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In a similar manner, I use the spot on something that I determine is the mid-tone in the image. It might be a sidewalk, wall, piece of clothing, etc. Point is, I know what I want to be in the middle of the range and that's where I meter. I started this back in the 80s when I learned to use a grey card. Then I realized that I could make a pretty good guess as to what was close to that 18% grey and save myself the hassle. Probably doesn't work for everyone, but it works for me.


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Aug 22, 2011 22:23 |  #20

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The exposure looks acceptable. You will get much worse out of the cam in the future, no fault of you or the cam, just the way the artificial intelligence metering works sometimes. To add a bit of pop use contrast adjust if you wish.


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