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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    i guess i'm not smart enough to grasp the ways to set my meter mode. When I hold the button and run thru the various modes, I get very few selections. Now I just wnt to set it at default but don't even know how to do that!!! Paul


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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    when I shoot single point-what should
    Quote Originally Posted by tea2085 View Post
    i guess i'm not smart enough to grasp the ways to set my meter mode. When I hold the button and run thru the various modes, I get very few selections. Now I just wnt to set it at default but don't even know how to do that!!! Paul
    There are only 3 metering modes: Spot, Center-Weighted, and Matrix. I believe there are ways to change the size of the center-weighted circle, but I only use the default. I believe the body comes in Matrix Metering Mode so that should be the default.

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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    Quote Originally Posted by tea2085 View Post
    i guess i'm not smart enough to grasp the ways to set my meter mode. When I hold the button and run thru the various modes, I get very few selections. Now I just wnt to set it at default but don't even know how to do that!!! Paul

    If you are in an Auto mode, then everything is fully automated, including metering mode. You won't have any choices about anything.

    If you are in A,S,P, or M mode, then you can set things, including metering mode.
    There are only three choices, Matrix, Center Weighted, and Spot. Matrix is default, but Center Weighted or Spot Metering is available. See D7100 manual page 83 for metering mode.

    Be aware that Spot Metering is probably not what you might expect, full of surprises. Spot metering means the spot will come out middle tone, which does NOT mean correct tone (unless that spot happens to be middle tone color already). Spot metering requires substantial additional thinking about it.

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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    Quote Originally Posted by Moab Man View Post
    I'm assuming when you shoot single point focus you're asking what metering to be set at. Generally a whole area metering works well. However, the other day I was photographing inside a restaurant with bright light outside. I used single point metering set to faces so that I would get a good exposure for them. The bright lights would cause a silhouette of the person.

    Other times I will use center weighted if I'm not after the exact exposure of a given point and I don't have huge contrast between my subject and what is around them.

    No clear simple answer. Experience will dictate.
    Agreed. I took the question to be the same as above.

    Metering setting has nothing to do with your focus point setting. With each, it depends on what you are shooting, the lighting conditions and your personal preference.
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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    Quote Originally Posted by tea2085 View Post
    i guess i'm not smart enough to grasp the ways to set my meter mode. When I hold the button and run thru the various modes, I get very few selections. Now I just wnt to set it at default but don't even know how to do that!!!
    I think you would be doing yourself a huge favor if you sat down and spent some serious quality-time with the User Manual for your camera.
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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    Biker000; you and the fish always take the tough love approach, can't say you're wrong! Paul
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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    There is single-point FOCUSING

    and there is single-point METERING

    They're not the same... Nor does using one necessarily mean there's a reason to use the other...

    There are reasons for using different FOCUS modes that have to do with whether the subject is moving or not. It has no bearing on the exposure.

    There are lighting conditions that have no bearing on whether the subject is moving or not...

    You need to understand each one individually, and when to use each one independent of the other.
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  8. #18
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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    or use the green "auto" and shoot away
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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    Quote Originally Posted by tea2085 View Post
    Biker000; you and the fish always take the tough love approach, can't say you're wrong! Paul
    I don't mean to be harsh but in all seriousness having read several of your posts, it's clear to me you lack a clear understanding of some of the basic functions of your camera and the terminology related to those functions, which your manual will make clear if you'll simply take the time to read and understand it. You need to grasp the basics of exposure, exposure-modes, auto-focus modes and auto-focus area-modes at the very least. This thread, and some of your previous threads, make it you clear you do not have this understanding.

    So yes, my advice to you is to sit down and review the User Manual for your camera until you can use proper terminology and UNDERSTAND these functions and modes of your cameras operation, as well as how they interact with one another. I'm more than happy to help those who appear to be at least attempting to first help themselves.
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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    Quote Originally Posted by tea2085 View Post
    Biker000; you and the fish always take the tough love approach, can't say you're wrong! Paul
    I feel for you...I really do. I came to digital with a background in 35mm film. BUT I remember how daunting it was when I got ready to sit down and read the manual to learn the digital stuff. Once I started to grasp which buttons, wheels, bells, and whistles, I needed, it wasn't so bad. I can't fathom trying to grasp learning all the photography basics as well as all of the settings at once.

    So what mode are you using currently? Full auto? Or have you dipped your toe into the waters of Aperture Priority? Don't worry so much about the metering modes just yet. My suggestion is to stick with Matrix Metering for starters. Instead, allow yourself to become familiar with the basics between the relationship of Aperture, Shutter, and ISO. Those 3 control your exposure. That's the foundation to build upon first. Otherwise you might overload your brain, Paul!
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