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How do you test/adjust a handheld spotmeter's calibration?

Is there a standard method to test the calibration of a handheld spotmeter? I got a Pentax Digital Spotmeter and I want to figure out if the readings are accurate and, if not, if there a way to ...
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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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Calculating snow exposure with a spot meter

I've been using a Sekonic light meter in spot mode for over a year now with the zone system, and I have consistent issues with snow. Despite putting the snow on zone 8, that area of the negative ends ...
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Can spot metering at the focus point be enabled on the Olympus PEN-F?

Having grown accustomed to dual purpose focus points (spot metering and AF) when using my Nikon DSLR, I'm hoping to use my PEN-F in the same way: meter and focus on the subject and adjust the EV ...
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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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What to look for in used spot meter

I'm shopping for a used 1 degree spot meter for film photography. There seem to be a lot available with a tremendous price range. Does anyone have suggestions for how to pick one? How much trouble ...
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Spot meter indication point when in “auto” autofocus mode with Nikon cameras

I want to use the spot meter but in addition the completely automatic auto focus mode with a Nikon DSLR camera. Is there a way to make the spot meter position visible? I see it in "group mode" and "...
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Metering without a incident light meter

Consider the metering method I used below: I meter all color negative film the same. I use a very simple analog incident light meter (Sekonic L-398 A), nothing fancy or expensive. I rate my ...
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Does making a focus area smaller in spot metering help with focusing?

In my camera there is a spot metering mode that its icon is one small circle inside a rectangle. Then in the camera menu I can set how many millimeters around the area is the spot area or something ...
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Does the Canon 6D do focus-point spot metering or center spot metering?

In my previous, old cameras, the "spot metering" is in the center of the frame, no matter what. I'm hoping the Canon 6d spot metering is centered around the focus point, not the frame.
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How do I “focus and recompose” using spot metering?

I usually use the "[auto]focus and recompose" method for taking candid photographs. In situations where there is a high degree of contrast, I would like to use spot metering to correct expose for ...
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Does spot/partial metering always assume 18%?

I'm beginning to work on understanding and hopefully effectively using different metering modes in my photography. I have done some reading and understand the benefit of using spot and partial ...
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How do I use spot metering?

What's the right way to use spot metering? Is it better to use in manual mode than one of the priority modes? There's a question about when to use spot metering, but none that serves as a tutorial to ...
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Can spot metering be corrected in post processing?

I just started experimenting with spot metering + exposure compensation. I'm wondering if it's possible to make adjustments during post processing to correct the metering. I'm pretty sure (correct me ...
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Is center-weighted metering a type of spot-metering?

Does center-weighted metering use the same camera/lens adjustments as spot metering with the exception of the focus which is in the center? Or is there a technical difference in the way center-...
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What situations are best suited for spot metering?

I have found myself using spot metering on several occasions in order to get the right exposure, such as sunsets and on bright days with a subject in the shade. What other situations are well suited ...