Do you need to do Metering in Semi-auto setting?

For most working photographer, semi-auto setting (Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Program Mode) is the best option to freeze moment. Some ask me, “Is metering applicable in Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Program Mode?”

Up to my understanding, I believe it is. The key points to remember are as such: First, always bare in mind that the camera will set the exposure based on the light you point-at. Second, in even-light condition it will almost give you good exposure, provided that you know how or which metering pattern that suits to the situation or subject (light). But in tricky-light, you should know how to override the semi-auto setting into Manual mode on-fly.

When working outdoor say taking photograph of your client rafting here in very high contrast Kiulu river in one fine day (if you don’t know where Kiulu is, Google it πŸ™‚ ) Β your chances to get the desired moment is merely within one single click. So if you didn’t get the exposure right or you don’t understand how your camera deal with light.. your photo would be either overexpose or underexpose, it is because the very bright white water surface will fool your camera sensor, as result your photo will become underexpose or the dark river bank will cause your photo become overexpose Β and here are some examples on how I experiment metering on Aperture priority semi-auto setting at Kiulu River near my house.

In white water rafting business, Β some of these tourists perhaps will hire you as their photographer while they are having a jolly good time bouncing along Kiulu river. Most of these tourists want the photos just before they leave at the ending point, where your time is just enough to transfer all the photos into CD and deliver it to them. So if ( I repeat) if you are thinking of using any enhancement software Β to correct the exposure, sorry man…but you just lost the business πŸ™‚

 

CASE 1 - Set the camera at Aperture Priority - point at the subject - shot - as a result the photo become underexpose it is because the camera metering was fool by the very bright white water surface

CASE 2 - Set the camera at Aperture Priority - point at the subject - shot - as a result the photo become underexpose it is because the camera metering was fool by the very bright white water surface

CASE 3 - Set the camera at Aperture Priority - point at the water surface - lock the exposure - compansate to correct exposure - recompose - shot - as a result the photo should be acceptable direct on camera

CASE 4 - Set the camera at Aperture Priority - point at the subject - shot - as a result the photo become overexpose it is because the camera metering was fool by the dark river bank background

CASE 5 - Set the camera at Aperture Priority - point at the subject - shot - as a result the photo become overexpose it is because the camera metering was fool by the dark river bank background

CASE 6 - Set the camera at Aperture Priority - point at the dark river bank - lock the exposure - compansate to correct exposure - recompose - shot - as a result the photo should be acceptable direct on camera

Hopefully it helps. Oh FYI I’m not one of these tourist photographer. I was just wasting my bright sunny day, enjoying the company of some adrenaline junkies… after all this spot is just behind my house πŸ˜‰

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About lano lan

A freelance photographer with 5 years experience in photography. Familiar with local culture in Malaysia and has vast experience in capturing moments in any local event particularly in Sabah. As a full time photographer, I am also familiar and able to take advantage of the local climate condition. In other words, rain or shine, there is always a chance of capturing lights in action.
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10 Responses to Do you need to do Metering in Semi-auto setting?

  1. A-brie says:

    bab METERING ni saya kurang faham la sifu. Mau pegi berguru lagi skali ni….

    • lano lan says:

      anytime bro, as promise those who attended my tutorial will always welcome to “re-fresh” in any of my basic photography tutorial session with no extra cost.. πŸ™‚

  2. Jadda Suhaimi says:

    Still learning how to use the locking thingy πŸ™‚ But thank for the knowledge sharing πŸ™‚

  3. 9W6JAD says:

    Simple question, after pointing the camera at a dark or bright point, straight away lock or correct the exposure first then lock. After that point at the targeted subject, compensate, recompose and shot? … πŸ™‚

    • lano lan says:

      hi πŸ™‚

      (1) point at dark or bright and straight away lock – meaning lock the exposure on what camera’s suggest
      (2) compensate to correct exposure
      (3) re-compose (adjust you composition πŸ™‚ )
      (4) set focusing on what subject you want in focus
      (5) release the shutter πŸ™‚

      hope its help πŸ™‚

  4. sekarang baru sia paham part yg lock the exposure tu.. ni dah 4 kali baca sebelum ni.. hahaha. thank u sifu πŸ˜‰

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