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Jul 23, 2012 13:43 |  #1

curious about what metering mode you all use most for Portraits.


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Jul 23, 2012 14:58 |  #2

In studio, when using flashes as the primary/only light source, I ignore the meter. The meter can't know what output my flashes are going to make, so it's going to indicate that I'm severely underexposed for every shot. Generally, I'll be at about 1/200 (flash sync speed), f/4 to f/8, and ISO100-ISO200. If I need to allow any light from my sources other than the flashes, I'll adjust the shutter speed down a bit. If I want a more "creative" depth of field, then I'll open the aperture up and dial the flash power down.

When I'm NOT using the flashes as my primary light source, I'll evaluate the subject and ambient lighting a bit, and make my decision based on those. Spot-metering will get you pretty close for medium-to-light-skinned people, maybe dialing in a little bit of +EV to clean up complexion a bit. Evaluative metering will usually get you pretty close, too, if you're in a reasonably well-lit location.

If using any of the automatic modes, in addition to watching the meter, you have to watch the shutter speed. To eliminate motion blur and get a crisp shot, don't let it drop below about 1/80 for posed subjects, 1/125-1/160 for slow-moving subjects, and 1/200-1/400 for fast-moving subjects. This often means increasing the ISO and opening up the aperture to maintain that shutter speed and eliminate motion blur.


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Jul 23, 2012 20:17 |  #3

Thx Nathan. I always shoot in manual but I am always worried about where and how I should be getting my reading.


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Jul 23, 2012 22:21 |  #4

incident meter, only way to fly.


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