10 common camera mistakes every photographer makes

    | Photography Tips | 13/03/2013 01:00am
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    Camera Mistake No. 5: Spot metering still on

    How to nail exposure with spot metering in tricking conditions: Step 1

    A camera’s spot meter can be extremely useful because it lets you take very precise light measurements from small areas within the scene and ensure that your subject is correctly exposed.

    However, if you leave it on and pick up your camera expecting the general purpose Evaluative, Matrix or Multi-zone system to be in action you are likely to get some very varied exposures.

    If the metering spot (which may be linked to the AF point) falls over a very bright area the camera will reduce the exposure so that you get a very dark image and if it falls over a very dark part of the scene you will get a very light image.

    The obvious way to avoid this situation from arising is to try to remember to switch the camera to the metering setting that you normally use before you put it away, but that’s easier said than done.

    If you find that the camera is saying that the image will be correctly exposed, but the results look very wrong, check that the metering isn’t set to spot metering.

    PAGE 1: Camera Mistake No. 1 – Lens cap still on
    PAGE 2: Camera Mistake No. 2 – Wrong sensitivity selected
    PAGE 3: Camera Mistake No. 3 – Flat battery
    PAGE 4: Camera Mistake No. 4 – Wrong white balance
    PAGE 5: Camera Mistake No. 5 – Spot metering still on
    PAGE 6: Camera Mistake No. 6 – Memory card full
    PAGE 7 Camera Mistake No. 7 – Shutter speed too fast for the flash
    PAGE 8: Camera Mistake No. 8 – Missing tripod quick release plate
    PAGE 9: Camera Mistake No. 9 – Dust marks
    PAGE 10: Camera Mistake No. 10 – Wrong focal length

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    Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 at 1:00 am under Photography Tips.

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