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Old 22-03-2010, 17:37   #1 (permalink)
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For macro photography what's the most popular metering pattern you s would use as i kinda stuck between 2 & i don't know if am right or not
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Old 22-03-2010, 17:56   #2 (permalink)
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Don't know what's the most popular but I tend to stick to Evaluative for all my shooting - as I'm just beginning to get a fairly good eye for setting the necessary Exposure Compensation for each subject/lighting, it's sufficient for my purposes. But I still shoot and then check histogram to make sure! I also need to remember which camera I'm using - the Sigma has approx 1 stop better dynamic resolution than the Canons (very handy for landscapes and macros! )
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Cheers Mark that's 1 of the ones i use along with spot metering but wasn't to sure.
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Spot metering is great if you've the time to take readings from the highlights - personally, I've rarely the time as the subject/light changes too quickly (birds and bugs move, sunrise/sets change) and I prefer a balanced exposure shot rather than necessarily perfect exposure from the immediate subject
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Matrix metering here (Evaluative in Canon terms I think) and then exposure compensation if required.
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i use evaluative metering. i would change it to partial but only when the background is very bright (backlighting).
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Cheers guys well seen ive got to much time on me hands as things i manage to shoot don't seem to move.
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This might not be what you would use or like, but why not try bracketing?
Many photographers use bracketing for multiple exposure values as well as multiple focus points for macro and then merge the pictures together (there are actually programs out there that deal just with "macro-stacking"). Most macro work requires time and patience so bracketing is not a bad idea at all. If you are shooting on the fly then really shooting RAW is the baest option as you have much more wiggle room afterwards. I personally, don't like the matrix metering (that is just me) and I perfer the spot metering (with an idea ahead of time which part of the subject I want to expose to) or if my subject takes up enough of the viewfinder I use center weight. Matrix metering often tends to take too much of the environment into consideration to expose the part of my subject the way I like it or want it.
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Eyeball.

After a dozen or so shots most people will have it pretty well zeroed in.

I carry a light meter with me but seldom use it except for unusual light conditions. I will occasionally shoot, then meter, and only rarely will it be more than a half stop difference.
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