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  1. #1
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    when I shoot single point-what should

    my meter expo be set at?


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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    Why would you want the metering set to single point? The only time I use that setting is when I am shooting the moon.

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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    Quote Originally Posted by tea2085 View Post
    my meter expo be set at?
    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.
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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    I always use single point metering, well, except for moving subjects which I rarely do. This is also what the camera manual says to do, use single point for stationary subjects, and dynamic area for moving subjects, more points for the fastest. D7100 manual page 71, but it's in the manual for all models. I guess I'm old fashioned, but I like to chose the point that will be in focus, rather than letting the camera just find one somewhere.

    And I prefer Center Weighted metering, because I can sort of comprehend what it will do. My experience with Matrix is that it is often adversely affected by some bright area at a far edge, causing slight underexposure, but center metering is more characteristic of my actual subject that I perceive.

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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    Quote Originally Posted by WayneF View Post
    I always use single point metering, well, except for moving subjects which I rarely do. This is also what the camera manual says to do, use single point for stationary subjects, and dynamic area for moving subjects, more points for the fastest. D7100 manual page 71, but it's in the manual for all models. I guess I'm old fashioned, but I like to chose the point that will be in focus, rather than letting the camera just find one somewhere.

    And I prefer Center Weighted metering, because I can sort of comprehend what it will do. My experience with Matrix is that it is often adversely affected by some bright area at a far edge, causing slight underexposure, but center metering is more characteristic of my actual subject that I perceive.
    I am not sure but it sounds like they are talking about metering and not focus.

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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Kuykendall View Post
    I am not sure but it sounds like they are talking about metering and not focus.
    Oops! Sorry, that's only because of my error with page number. I should have said page 73, Heading: AF-Area Mode.

    Page 73 D7100 says in part:

    Single Point AF: "Use with stationary subjects."

    Dynamic area AF is about moving subjects, with examples of 9 point for predictable motion, runners or race cars. 21 points for unpredictable, like players in a football game. 51 points for quickly moving, like birds. My own notion is that we are not guaranteed that the point it chooses is the point we would choose.

    Seems pretty clear. And there are obvious benefits of single point on like a portrait subjects near eye, or the head of the frog, or to choose your point thin the depth of field zone, or whatever we deem is important.
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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    Quote Originally Posted by WayneF View Post
    Oops! Sorry, that's only because of my error with page number. I should have said page 73, Heading: AF-Area Mode.

    Page 73 D7100 says in part:

    Single Point AF: "Use with stationary subjects."
    Dynamic area AF is about moving subjects, with examples of 9 point for predictable motion, runners or race cars. 21 points for unpredictable, like players in a football game. 51 points for quickly moving, like birds. My own notion is that we are not guaranteed that the point it chooses is the point we would choose.

    Seems pretty clear. And there are obvious benefits of single point on like a portrait subjects near eye, or the head of the frog, or to choose your point thin the depth of field zone, or whatever we deem is important.
    I shoot single point focus most it the time too but I think they are talking about metering.


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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    I switched all my bodies to center-weighted metering instead of matrix metering. I do a lot of landscape shooting and found I was always having to override the exposure while in matrix metering (usually had to underexpose by -0.7 stop).

    You can eyeball a scene and tell if it is overly bright or overly dark (such as shooting snow). If it's bright, go brighter. If it's dark, go darker. I don't believe I've ever used spot metering though.
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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    where do I find spot metering? PauL
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    Re: when I shoot single point-what should

    On the d7100 Hold down the metering button (left of the word format near the top lcd), turn the main command dial until the smallest point is shown. See page 13 of the manual.
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