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  1. #1
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    Spot metering

    Hi. Please can you help me? I am trying to get my head around spot metering on my Nikon D5500. My questions are (All refer to in Manual mode):

    1) How can I select a specific spot to do the spot metering?
    2) How can I keep that spot when I want to focus on a different specific/overall area?
    3) When I select single point auto focus, the point is a square that is OFF-Center. How did that happen? And how can I get that back to the center?

    Thanks so much for helping.


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  2. #2
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    Re: Spot metering

    Welcome to the forum,not sure about your camera but its possible it will only spot meter in the center,the four way thing next to your screen should move the focus point or press the button in the center to recenter it.
    Mike

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  3. #3
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    Re: Spot metering

    Thank you so much. I've managed to correct the focus point. And I can believe that the spot metering probably works where I focus. But I have another problem:-

    I am in manual mode but every time I change the area where I focus, (I want to create a low-light image, using my aperture and shutter speed but keeping ISO at 100), the ISO automatically changes to a high ISO. What am I doing wrong?

  4. #4
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    Re: Spot metering

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodstock View Post
    Thank you so much. I've managed to correct the focus point. And I can believe that the spot metering probably works where I focus. But I have another problem:-

    I am in manual mode but every time I change the area where I focus, (I want to create a low-light image, using my aperture and shutter speed but keeping ISO at 100), the ISO automatically changes to a high ISO. What am I doing wrong?
    Do you have Auto-ISO enabled?

    Also, yes... Metering follows the focus point chosen when using Spot metering.
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  5. #5
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    Re: Spot metering

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodstock View Post
    Thank you so much. I've managed to correct the focus point. And I can believe that the spot metering probably works where I focus. But I have another problem:-

    I am in manual mode but every time I change the area where I focus, (I want to create a low-light image, using my aperture and shutter speed but keeping ISO at 100), the ISO automatically changes to a high ISO. What am I doing wrong?
    You need to switch off your ISO Sensitivity option from Menu so the camera doesn't automatically select the ISO for you. For a low light (aka low key), try ISO 100, Shutter Speed 1/200 and Aperture f-11 or higher. You should be able to get pitch black with the above setting and then add a flash preferably with a reverse umbrella to light up your subject.
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  6. #6
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    Re: Spot metering

    Thank youuuu!!! At last I can make sense of it all. I did as you advised and also tried your other settings. (Of course it will change according to the location) but all worked perfectly! A new world to explore! Many thanks to everyone who responded!

    Ao noooo... I made a mistake. It looked all good but when I checked, the ISO still had changed. As I move the camera the ISO keeps adjusting. I can't understand...??
    Last edited by Woodstock; 10-03-2017 at 05:09 PM.

  7. #7
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    Re: Spot metering

    Quote Originally Posted by Woodstock View Post
    Ao noooo... I made a mistake. It looked all good but when I checked, the ISO still had changed. As I move the camera the ISO keeps adjusting. I can't understand...??
    I don't know the d5500 well, but canceling auto iso from the menu might only cancel it for A,S, M, and P modes. Other automatic modes might use auto-iso anyway. On my d7200, I would need to cancel auto iso separately for Auto shooting mode. On my old d3100, I was stuck with auto iso if I used Auto shooting mode.
    I must have a really good camera.

  8. #8
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    Re: Spot metering

    Just to 'close' this request:-
    After re-checking everything, I discovered that I had stupidly switched off ISO 'display' instead of ISO sensitivity.... And, of course, it solved the problem. Thank you to everyone who has helped me.

  9. #9
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    Re: Spot metering

    For casual scene shooting, Matrix is very useful but when you have specific image exposure intent, Spot metering is the preferred mode. If there is a bright area in the frame it might be blown out if what you are metering is a lot darker, in that case adding light is a way of getting a better balance between a subject and a bright background. Nikon has a great feature of TTL BL mode of flash where a Matrix meter setting will exposure for the overall scene but a compatible flash has an independent spot metering function so exposes the subject to balance exposure of the subject to the overall background scene.
    I switch between metering modes, mostly spot and matrix all through an event shoot because of those advanced capabilities of Nikon metering combined with iTTL flash units.
    Last edited by spb_stan; 02-14-2018 at 05:08 PM.

  10. #10
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    Re: Spot metering

    Being quite new to the D5500 I note that when looking through the view finder, the focus point is displayed as a box and not a dot (as per my old D3100). Why is this?

    I've been struggling with getting a precise focus and wonder if there is some kind of avarage focus going on within the box area.





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