alabaster wrote in post #17075319
Hi, I'm trying to get multiple exposure readings of my image by using spotmetering. When I use the 'joystick' I only get readings for the edges of the oblong shaped part in the middle. Is it possible to get readings for the rest of the image? I have tried the 'fel' button, but this doesn't seem to change anything.
You shouldn't need to change the spot metering from the centre, when trying to take multiple readings, you just point it at the various parts of the scene and take each reading. You sort all that out, set your exposure and then compose your shot. If you just want ONE spot meter reading, then I believe the 1D series cameras can be set up to take it from any selected AF point, but you would need to check your manual to confirm that (I don't use a 1D).
But, going back to your multiple spot meter reading situation. I believe that you take a spot meter reading from the dark area, press FEL, then take one from the light area, press FEL again, then it will average them out. I believe the 1DsIII can do several readings this way and work out an average exposure (again, I don't have one so check your manual).
Personally, I don't like leaving the camera to decide on the exposure that way. I take spot meter readings of one or more parts of the scene and then decide on exposure myself, taking into account the tones I metered off, how important the shadows are etc.