How to read a meter for manual exposure

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  1. DSLR noob

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    I posted this up on a car forum, but I figured since I wrote out the lesson, I'd put it here too in case anybody needed to know the information. Last time I got into talking about photography on the site I first posted this, I was a total douche who didn't really give the poster any constructive criticism, so I wrote the detailed explanation to make up for it taking advice from people on this site (TPF) about how I should handle it to teach and inform rather than bash and insult. Anyway here it is

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    read this and decided for yourself if you want to expose to the middle or a bit beyond the middle.

    Expose Right
     
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    Umm thanks, but I wasn't asking a question. I was explaining that I wrote this for a photography illiterate person, and it was easier to tell them just to shoot for the middle, they will discover all of the fine details such as histograms, exposure compensation, and such later on.
     
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    if you're going to go through the trouble of explaining how to expose to the 'o' it isn't any more difficult to explain how to go a stop or so beyond.
     
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    You're right I guess, but it's more intuitive to think zero is the basis point.
     
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    I was just curious how you find the exif data of someone's photo? I see there are a few firefox add on's that do this but I cant seem to get them to work with my flickr pictures.
     
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    I use Safari, which has NO exif support and I had the same problem. Then I found a great site, so bookmark this page my friend:

    Jeffrey's Exif viewer

    you put the image url into this site, and hist the button and it tells you all the main EXIF points.
     
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    Awesome, thanks.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    How is easy. Why is what is hard for some people.
     
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    Nice to see you've grown into one of the true purposes of the forum, to help people. As you mentioned, your current style is much improved from when you first joined.
     
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    imo it's better to do it right the first time, even if you don't know why yet.
     
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    But exposing to the right of hte meter is most certainly not the right thing to do all the time - go out on a decently sunny day and you will come back with terrible results from trying such, every highlight will be totally blown out. Even with the meter in the middle one can find highlights a pain to work with in such lighting - heck try working in snow and you will get the same overexposure problems.
    However if a person understands the why they can correct in the field themselves, rather than reading advise which works in some situations and trying to apply the same method to all situations.
     
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