Manual Mode: the REAL advantages for photographers making the switch

Metering from a dark area

Why metering matters in manual mode

How to use spot-metering and the exposure scale for accurate exposures in Manual mode

Metering from a mid-tone

Metering from a mid-tone
The spot meter measures the light reflected from a subject, so it makes sense for the exposure indicator to be in the middle of the scale when you meter a mid-tone area. Adjust the aperture, shutter speed or ISO until it is.

 

Metering from a bright area

Metering from a bright area
When you meter from a bright area, the exposure indicator should move towards the + end of the scale. If it doesn’t, choose a larger aperture, slower shutter speed or higher ISO. If the indicator goes too far the other way, then it will be underexposed.

 

Metering from a dark area

Metering from a dark area
When you meter from a dark area, the exposure indicator should move towards the – end of the scale. If it doesn’t, choose a smaller aperture, faster shutter speed or lower ISO. If the indicator goes too far the other way, then it will be overexposed.

PAGE 1: Common questions about shooting in manual mode
PAGE 2: How to set manual exposure
PAGE 3: Why metering matters in manual mode
PAGE 4: Working in stops
PAGE 5: The real advantage of using manual mode

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