Light Metering with Canon Rebel xt

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  1. kanderson

    kanderson TPF Noob!

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    How do I use the Canon Rebel XT's light meter to find the best exposure and ss to use? Any ideas?

    Thanks!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The same way you would use any other modern camera's light meter. :er:

    In any of the auto modes, the camera will set the exposure for you. This is usually pretty good but not always accurate because there are scenarios that will trick the meter. In which case, you can override the meter settings by using EC (exposure compensation) or manual mode.
     
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    So, just take a picture with the auto mode and see what the camera settings were and then go to the M mode to use those settings? Sorry if I sound dumb!!
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You could do that...but if you use the same settings in M mode, that the camera gave you in auto mode...you will get exactly the same image.

    You could even start in M mode, and look at the meter's scale (in the view finder or on the LCD screen). Half press the button to activate the meter...then adjust the settings until the 'needle' in centred on the --0--. That will give you the same exposure as using auto mode.

    What exactly are you trying to do?
     
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    Read the manual.
     
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    In your viewfinder, there should be a built-in light metre. Dial the shutter speed command dial left or right until that metre is centered and 'balanced'.

    Learn how to use your aperture too.
     
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    Kanderson, Ignore posts from people like this that are no help at all! Play with the settings in manual mode, you'll find that there are many combinations that will place your meter at "0" and give nicely exposed pictures with different results such as: depth of field that is blurred or focused, motion that is stopped or blurred etc.

    Play and be creative! More important, don't be afraid to ask questions on forums such as this. There are a lot of people willing to help and not just give smart a@# answers like the one above.

    P.S. I would also recommend the book "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Petterson.
     
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    Thanks everyone for your help. I did try the manual but it didn't address this question.

    Thanks again! I appreciate it.
     
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    I wasn't try to be a "smart a@#"
    If someone doesn't know how to use their light meter then they really need to spend some time with their manual. The light meter is possibly one of the clearest and most simple features of your camera (on a basic level, anyway), and if you don't know how to use it you probably don't know how to use a lot of the more advanced features, and reading the manual is a crucial starting point.

    Page 87 of your manual shows how the light meter works in Manual mode. If you're looking for more advanced information than that then Understanding Exposure is certainly a great book. But before buying books, just take pictures! That's what your camera is for, and there's no better way to learn how to use it.
     

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