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Jan
22
comment Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
I'd like to add that, in some sense, spot metering is like a contract with you and the camera. You are telling the camera that you "promise" to point at something grayish when the camera is tells you it is a proper exposure. When the camera tells you that you are a couple stops off from a correct exposure, you promise to point at something black or white. To do anything else would result in a technically incorrect exposure (even though it may actually look good). Does that make sense? It just changes the way you adjust the exposure meter.
Jan
22
accepted Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
Jan
22
comment Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
@rfusca, thanks. I did find your answer helpful (why I +1'ed it the other day)... but I feel like Craig's answer is more clear and closer to what I was looking for (even though it has less votes). I am going to accept that one. If I could accept a second one, I would accept yours as well because I think both answers do a good job of telling the whole story.
Jan
22
comment Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?
@Craig Walker: Thanks! The accepted answer goes to you because this is closer to what I was looking for. I finally get it. I still think that spot metering is harder to use in priority modes simply because doing exposure compensation in priority modes seems clunkier to me. However, I do understand that it makes sense to use spot metering in a priority mode.
Jan
22
answered Ideas for a talk on exposure
Jan
22
comment How do I go about becoming a second shooter for a wedding photographer?
Wow, great answer! I'm not even looking to be a second shooter or get into wedding photography, but I still found it interesting and informative :-).
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
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