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location New York, NY
age 27
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seen Sep 18 at 19:15

I am a career computer scientist and just decided to pick up photography as a hobby. I just got my first camera! I'll keep my list of gear up-to-date:

Bodies:

  • Nikon D7000

Lenses:

  • AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
  • AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Tripods:

  • Gorillapod SLR-Zoom
  • Vanguard Tracker PT-28 (legs) with Vanguard SBH-100 (ball head)

Jan
20
asked How do I use spot metering?
Jan
20
comment Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
I think we agree except for one point: I think the whole reason spot metering is useful is because you can "base your exposure off the results of a spot meter". Do you ever find spot metering useful in a priority mode?
Jan
20
comment Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
I was using manual mode. From my understanding, spot metering is best with manual mode. When you use a priority mode, the camera is choosing the "correct" exposure for you. With spot metering, it helps you choose how much to over or under expose (something you can't do in a priority mode) so that you can choose how to expose a particular spot. If I used spot metering in a priority mode, I would always have to meter off of something gray in color. If I metered off black, the picture would be very bright because I can't compensate. Is that wrong?
Jan
20
comment Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
Do you have any suggestions for how I can make this a better question for the community? It's a bit misleading right now since I didn't understand metering.
Jan
20
comment Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
Wow, I feel silly. I definitely misunderstood what metering was for. For some reason (probably because of the way it was explained to me) I was under the impression that it affected other characteristics of the color in the photo. I was getting confused because it seems like the color of the "spot" changes the way the picture looks. For example, with gray I need to use a "proper exposure" whereas with black I need to stop down the exposure. I realize this just has to do with the amount of the light the camera is throwing at that spot. Is that right? I need to read more about histograms too.
Jan
20
asked Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
Jan
19
accepted Is it ok to use a lens hood in low light?
Jan
19
comment Is it ok to use a lens hood in low light?
Thanks! I am going to accept your answer, but maybe for completeness you could edit it and add what @Len Abrams said about long exposures? (give him credit of course :-).
Jan
19
comment Is it ok to use a lens hood in low light?
Why did you make your answer community wiki?
Jan
18
awarded  Enthusiast
Jan
17
asked What are the biggest issues with wearing glasses as a photographer and how can they be overcome?
Jan
17
asked Is it ok to use a lens hood in low light?
Jan
13
comment What are some effective techniques for photographing subjects who wear glasses?
Great question @kacalapy!
Jan
12
comment Are there disadvantages to a prosumer camera for a beginner, aside from cost?
Haha -- so does the fact that my girlfriend wants to learn how to use manual mode mean she's a keeper? :-).
Jan
11
awarded  Nice Question
Jan
11
comment Why did my nighttime shots of the moon create trailing spheres?
Shameless plug: my answer to this question has some useful info on IS/VR - photo.stackexchange.com/questions/670/…. Based on that it's clear you shouldn't be use it -- but do note that "active" vr can be useful in situations where the camera is vibrating from its surroundings. This shouldn't be the case when you're using a tripod to photograph the moon :-).
Jan
10
comment Why can't I get a shallow depth of field (DOF) effect?
Forget about the dog's rump... its ears and nose are even blurry :-).
Jan
9
comment How do I predict exposure when using flash?
I'll admit I didn't read anything on the strobist blog yet, but I'm a little confused. I believe from what everyone is saying that my camera has TTL flash, but are you suggesting that the camera adjusts how powerful the flash is to get the correct exposure, so that it doesn't matter how under exposed I am according to the exposure meter? I am unable to see the exposure meter adjust itself in any way when I pop up the flash.
Jan
8
comment How do I predict exposure when using flash?
@mattdm, thanks for helping to clarify. Do you think some of this should be separate questions or is the question fine just the way it is?
Jan
8
revised How do I predict exposure when using flash?
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