Is my exposure correct?

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  1. kellylindseyphotography

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    I've been fiddling w/exposure trying to make sure I am metering correct. It seems like I meter, it looks great on the screen, then I upload it and its dark. So I have been spot metering on hair and hands today to see if I can get a better exposure. This is just a random shot, I was not thinking about composition or anything.. just trying to get exposure exact. Its SOOC

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    what does your camera say? Are you using the gauge on your camera? or are you just guessing?
     
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    well of course I'm not just guessing. Like I said in my original post, I am spot metering off of my sons hair in some pics, and his face in other pics.
    Here are the specs of the pic
    ss 50
    f 8
    iso 100

    the histogram seems right.. but I"m still learning to read histograms correctly so I"m not positive.
     
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    I mean, its flat.. but after minor adj of levels in ps it's fine.. Should I have to adjust levels always? Or is my exposure off somehow??
     
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    It looks ok to me. But there was no reason for spot metering, whole scene is lit evenly so it has probably worked just like the full scene metering or hower it's called.
    If you want some more practise on correct exposures you need to find something more extreme. Some highlights and areas of total darkness. Or maybe just try a landcape:D
     
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    I'm sorry... I misunderstood what I was reading.
     
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    Ya.. tomorrow I'm shooting a little boy w/white blonde hair so thats why I wanted to practice metering off of hair/hands/face and see how it went. I don't know why its so flat though.. I really tryed metering correctly.
     
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    To me it looks a little bit underexposed... then again it's just my opinion.
    If you measured the hair in spot metering mode, it makes sense since it will meter a smaller area and you are telling the camera that your "average" light is the kid's hair which in practice is one of the brightest points in the pic
    Try to meter an intermediate point in your subject like the fence on the right... you should be able to get a brighter pic.
     
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    Looks on the dark side to me ,lacking flash the subject blends to well with the B/G imo...in this situation i would have meter off the palm of my hand,its ussualy only 1/2 stop off for me
     
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    Thanks for that advice! Makes total sense in hindsight. Gotta practice:thumbup:
     
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    What's weird, I guess for me, is that I took a few shots metering his face, his hair and a whole frame meter. On my viewfinder, it looks like I've metered correctly. I will try using my own hand for the meter.. should I just get close to my subject, meter my hand, and then back to my orig composition?
     
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    It looks OK to me too. If you were going to crop it down to just the boy in the pic, then you could up the exposure a little. Does your camera let you see a histogram when you shoot a picture. That can be very helpful in adjusting your exposure.
     

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