Questions tagged [metering]

The means by which a camera automatically determines exposure settings such as shutter speed, aperture, and ISO (sensitivity).

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How to meter when pushing film?

I'm using a Nikon FM2 SLR camera. Suppose I use Kodak TMax 400, and I push to ISO 1600 on the camera. Let's say the current meter says shutter speed 1/250 at f/2.8 is the correct exposure (i.e. ...
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Metering on a Zenza Bronica with ND-Filter

I have recently acquired a 10-stop ND filter for my Bronica ETRS, but I have run into a problem while metering. I use the Bronica with the AE-II prism viewfinder with integrated light-meter, and so ...
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Why did Ansel Adams say reflective metering was more common than incident metering?

The following passage is from Ansel Adams' The Negative: "In most photography we record light reflected from the subject, rather than the light incident upon it." Here, Adams states that reflective ...
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Should I use +1 EV compensation when shooting with Ektar 100 on a cloudy day?

I'm using Ektar 100 for the first time and the weather report is not looking good. I think my day trip will be cloudy and will try to use an old Pentax Zoom 280p with Ektar. I will take city/ street ...
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Do vintage lenses meter on a Nikon DSLR?

I am keen on getting a Carl Zeiss Jena DDR Electric MC S 135mm f/3.5 lens but i'm wondering if this lens will meter on a DSLR, specifically Nikon D7100?
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How does the camera meter in auto mode when you are not taking a photo?

Typically, when you are in auto mode, if you half-press the shutter, the camera meters. But, even when you don't do that, the camera seems to be continously metering, so you get a pretty accurate ...
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What is DX film encoding?

What is "DX encoding" of roll film, such as 135 format film used in 35mm cameras? How does it work? When was it introduced? Is there anything else I need to know about using DX encoded film in a ...
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How do I figure out what ISO to use when shooting film?

I'm new into film and I recently bought a pack of 200 film. I'm just not sure what ISO to use. I don't want my photos to come out over or under exposed. (I have a Minolta X-700)
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If I use my digital camera (w/min. ISO of 200) as a light meter, how do I set exposure for ISO 100 film?

I have a Fuji X-T100 and its lowest ISO setting is 200. Now, I’d like to shoot some slides like Provia 100 or Ektachrome 100 as well as Portra 160, using my Fuji as a light meter (it works pretty well ...
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Older lenses on Nikon d3400 [duplicate]

I’m new to photography, and I’m interested If I use older lenses like series E ,AF, AF-D or AF-G will I have problems with metering system or just have to use manual controls ?
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How can I keep the same shutter and aperture for a series of photos, while still letting the camera figure it out automatically?

I want to take a series of photos of a still object from changing locations. All photos should have the same aperture, shutter and color balance to avoid any differences in brightness/color in the ...
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How can I use a non-TTL lightmeter beyond its built-in ISO range?

Some introductory information first: I got into photography a few months ago and I have very basic knowledge on the matter so be patient - the answers may be obvious for you. The camera is Zenit 11 - ...
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Wondering about the metering mode and focus area? [closed]

I just learn about the metering mode and focus area on youtube. But i am wondering about are they on at the same time? I got a sony a6300 camera.
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How do I Calculate correct exposure when shooting long expired Fujichrome 400?

I was given two rolls of very long expired FujiChrome 400 slide film - one of which I gave to a friend, one I kept. He shot his roll at the rated speed, but did not get much in the way of results. ...
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Why does my camera's automatic mode render both white and black cards as more of a medium grey?

Can anyone tell me why when taking the following 3 photos, in a room with natural light coming in and fill my viewfinder... a) when I take a photo of a white piece of card it comes up as grey in ...
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Using a camera as Lux-meter

For a project I want to use a USB-camera (https://www.e-consystems.com/ar0330-lowlight-usb-cameraboard.asp) as a Lux-meter. I control the camera using v4l2 on Linux. I have a real lux-meter (https://...
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With the same camera settings, will a photo always be exposed correctly across different cameras?

I want to do a photo shoot using film, but due to not being able to see the shots I've taken I would first like to take a digital photo, then recreate it using film. If I used the same focal length, ...
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Does the Pentacon Six TL have a built-in light meter?

Does the Pentacon Six TL have a light meter built in? If not, how does one measure light with it?
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Digital zoom: Is the exposure computed using the zoomed frame?

I am trying to focus on the differences between digital zoom and cropping an image afterwards. This is discussed in detailed here: Is digital zoom really useful? focused on the compression ...
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Why is my DSLR's exposure meter always showing high exposure?

I own a Nikon D5300. After a few months, my camera is showing this problem. The exposure meter is always showing high exposure. But the camera is working fine. Please suggest a solution.
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Effect of lens on the exposure metering [duplicate]

Last weekend I was shooting in studio and tethering to laptop as well. First I measured everything and shot the portrait with a 24-70mm lens at f/2.8 Then I switched to 85mm lens and didn't change ...
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Is evaluative metering linked to multiple focus points?

This question is about some slight confusion about evaluative metering on a Canon EOS-1V (and possibly early 1D bodies as well). In the manual, the picture for evaluative metering looks like this: ...
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How do I calculate what aperture and shutter speed to use in M mode with my DSLR's pop-up flash?

I am pretty new to DSLR exposure settings with flash. When I do not use flash, I know how to set aperture and shutter speed to get correct exposure, but when I turn on flash, the metering system ...
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Am I wrong to judge my exposure using my smartphone?

Context: I recently purchased an Olympus OM-1 film camera. Upon receiving the camera, I realized the battery for the light meter was dead. I'm a (very) amateur photographer so, naturally, this is a ...
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When would the appropriate time or scenario be to use spot metering, reflective or incident? And why?

When would the appropriate time or scenario be to use different metering systems - spot metering, reflective or incident? And why? I do not understand when to use these.
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Light Meters and Histograms

I travel constantly and visit lots of places where flash is not permitted (like the inside of churches). These places tend to be rather dark. I always shoot on manual. When I try to adjust the ...
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Does in-camera metering affect anything but the meter in manual mode?

I was recently on a one-in-a-lifetime trip to the Yukon. The lighting in one particular area was not great. It was a high contrast scene, there was a haze over the area. I knew the shots probably ...
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Can I use my full frame digital camera to set up the exposure for my medium format film camera?

I have a full frame A7R2 digital camera. Can I use it's integrated metering to find the correct settings to use on my medium format film camera? Do I have to convert anything, because of the different ...
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Real time metering on the Fuji X-T20?

I just bought an X-T20 and I was surprised to see that the SS/A/ISO values at the bottom of the liveview/viewfinder did not update in real time. They only refresh when I half-way press the shutter ...
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Where are the exposure sensors on a mirrorless camera?

I know that on single lens reflex cameras the exposure sensor array is placed up near the pentaprism and a beam splitter is used to cast the image onto the array. Since a mirrorless camera has no ...
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Spot metering with spectrometer?

Most spectrometers only have incident light sensors. Is there any kind of accessory that will allow light from a particular place to be fed to the spectrometer? In other words, if I wanted to use a ...
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Nikon D90 light meter broken or not being exposed?

I have a Nikon D90 that had an unfortunate fall. Since then, if I have it in any mode except manual it throws up an Err. If I use it in manual and follow its exposure guide in the view finder it ...
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What is the red grid pattern appearing in the video?

While watching a talk on youtube, I noticed a strange grid-like led-like pattern a few times during the talk. An example: https://youtu.be/Toluc5MCQWs?t=868 I'm not sure what that is, but I thought ...
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Is there a way to test an SLR's meter without a lens attached (or with a mismatching lens)?

I recently purchased a Sigma SA-9 and two SA-7n's. These are SLR (film) cameras. With the kit lens that came with it, they are all registering two to three stops under for just about any scene in good,...
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How to get exposure right in night photography?

In this link there are some wonderful night time scenes (#4,6,7,9,10,11,13). I'm wondering how the photographer got the exposure right. In my experience my camera metering will overexpose everything ...
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How can I see the exposure meter on my Nikon D3200 when shooting in manual-focus mode?

I have a Nikon D3200. I am experimenting with manual focusing on my kit lens. One thing I noticed was that when I am in manual focusing mode I don't see the exposure meter in the viewfinder. This ...
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Mamiya 645 metering system

I have recently purchased a new medium format camera - Mamiya 645 1000s. From the results of my very first film I came into the conclusion that the add-on metering system of the camera does not work ...
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Why are my Close-up Photos Underexposed with the EF 100mm f/2.0 USM?

I'm using the EF 100mm f/2.0 USM lens on an EOS 5D Mark IV body. There seems to be a specific focusing distance (about 1.5 m) below which all photos come out at least one stop underexposed when ...
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Why is A mode on my Nikon D3300 overexposing at f/9 and higher?

I have a Nikon D3300 and Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 OS DG lens. When I use the camera in Aperture priority mode and set the aperture to f/9, the images I am getting are very overexposed. If I underexpose ...
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Relationship between shutter speed and amount of light?

With all else remaining the same (ISO, aperture etc.) is there a way to compensate for changes in the lighting of the scene by changing the shutter speed of the camera such that the intensity of the ...
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Metering for Fast Action Under Changing Lighting

I have been attempting to photograph subjects moving quickly in a forest (under otherwise direct sunlight, so the lighting is harsh when the subjects are not shaded by foliage), but I haven't been ...
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Why is my Nikon D60's light meter causing overexposure in the non-auto modes?

I shoot almost always in full manual, not auto-exposure. When I went out shooting, out of the blue, on my first shot, (and I did set the exposure to the correct shutter speed and aperture to match the ...
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How do I shoot birds against the sky to be faithful to their colour?

I have a Nikon D5300, and a host of hawks flying around near where I live. I have two lenses: an AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm VR (1:3.5-5.6GII), and an AF Nikkor 70-300mm (1:4-5.6G). The latter is excellent ...
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Why is my Nikon DSLR's meter stuck at 0 in manual mode?

I use a Nikon D7000. I've been practicing Manual mode. Everything was fine until today. For some reason the meter won't move. It's stuck to the right of the "0" along the meter. I reset with the green ...
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Why is my exposure indicator inaccurate? [closed]

I own two Nikon D7100s, and right now the exposure indicators are off for both of them. They display a level of exposure, but it's not accurate. For instance, shooting in manual, with a Nikkor 18-...
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Do I have to be in focus to get the exposure right?

One technique I have learned recently to read the exposure correctly is that they first go very close to the subject's face to fill the frame mostly with her face, then they set the exposure. Then ...
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Why does my Rokinon 16mm f/2 lens cause underexposure?

I'm into night sky photography and I recently picked up a Rokinon 16mm f2.0 lens for my Canon 70D. It appears that it's one of the best night sky lenses for APS-C cameras and I'm really excited to use ...
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How can I get metering with a Nikkor non-CPU 50mm f/2 lens on my Nikon D7000?

The metering isn't working when I attach a Nikkor non-CPU 50mm f/2 lens on my Nikon D7000 body. Can I use this lens with a D7000?
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Why does holding the focus and recomposing also affect the brightness of my photo?

Let's say I try to take a picture of the following scene: a nice, blue river on the bottom and a solid, grey building in the middle. It is a sunny day and I am in a large distance, so both "objects" ...
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Control for shading and variable outdoor lighting conditions

First, I am a wildlife ecologist who does some very amateurish photography on the side. I would like to start using digital photography techniques to collect field data. The Problem: I need to take ...