d60 settings? how can i make the best of it

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  1. Barros VeeDub

    Barros VeeDub TPF Noob!

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    ok, so i have a nikon d60, so it says in my title, but i seem to be noticing that even while keeping an eye on my light meter, and adjusting shutter speed accordingly it seems to be bright/overexposed.

    i have a few friends that seems to get shots right on money and dont have to edit anything, their images come out PERFECT. i'll get lucky and come across a perfectly exposed image.

    am i missing something while taking photos? should i be adjusting settings to get my image right?

    this image is mine, and took slight editing to get it right,

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/a_boost/3876203628/

    exposure was set properly... but i find myself adjusting exposure in light room because i feel that the image is too overexposure in PP.

    here is someone i know...

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/31069232@N03/3874251083/

    granted he is using a D3 and a 50mm while i am using an 18-55mm...

    his colors and exposure i feel is PERFECT without any editing. should i be looking out for something while taking photos?

    i dont pay too much attention to my aperture (i'm set in manual by the way) white balance i'm not too sure how to set up to be honest, and i dont really like to the use the presets i keep it in auto.

    thank you in advance for helping.
     
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    There is a setting that compensates for exposure too. Are you sure your exposure compensation isn't set to +(x)eV?
     
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    If you are just adjusting to make the exposure right according to the light meter why shoot manual? Just shoot aperture priority.

    And like the above said, make sure you don't have exposure compensation dialed in - if you do there will be a +/- icon highlighted on the display.
     
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    Why don't you just adjust the exposure according to your eye instead of the light meter?
     
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    If you are shooting with manual, you do not need to worry about the exposure compensation. The issue maybe related to the camera metering. You took the photo with Multi-segment as the metering mode. I do not know too much about your camera. So I guess if your camera meter sample too much of the ground or darker portion of the scene, your photo maybe overexposed.

    Is you camera has Spot Meter? If yes, you can use spot meter and meter the area you want to expose correctly such as the white car and see if the camera can give you a better meter readings.


    Edit: By the way, the other photo used Spot Metering.
     
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    Why not?

    If you have exposure compensation dialed in the light meter value will change just like any other mode.
     
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    bias is set to 0, you can see it on my photo data.

    if i have it set to be perfectly exposed, i want to know it going to be properly set. instead of sitting there trying to figure out whats the proper exposure, yah know what i mean?
     
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    i did not noticed that. hmm, i'll have to talk with mike that shot that other photo.
     
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    I can't see anything in your photo data, sorry.
     
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    Yeah, I think flickr only keeps exif data intact if it's the original sized photo. It's not available on the image above.
     
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    well, i shoot in raw on my camera, and use lightroom to convert my raw images to jpgs to upload to flickr (whether i edit them or not), does that have anything to do with me not having my data?

    i've noticed my data being slightly different to a few of my friends. is there a better way to just transfer my raw image to my comp and then convert them to jpg without losing data?
     
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    It's probably not you taking the exif data out. It's flickr that doesn't make it available for all photos. You can only view exif information through flickr if it's the original size picture; not any of the smaller sizes.


    Edit: I just clicked your link and viewed the original size of the picture to confirm that it is there.
     

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