Discussion in 'The Professional Gallery' started by peterjshearer, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. peterjshearer

    peterjshearer TPF Noob!

    Jun 10, 2005
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    I'm hoping you more experienced guys here can help. I have been photographying a few weddings lately and am pleased with the results. Using a canon 300D I find that the metering is'nt so good as I seem to have quite a lot of work to do in photoshop. My question is "do any of you more experienced guys use a hand held meter to get consistent results with digital ? " - I've done one wedding for a pro who swears by keeping things basis by setting his camera to 'P' mode for most shots - what is your common settings guys ?
  2. Big Mike

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

    Dec 16, 2003
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    Welcome to the forum.

    I'm not a pro...but when I'm shooting at weddings I usually shoot in manual mode, when using a flash. I match the aperture to the setting on the flash unit and change my shutter speed to suit how much ambient exposure I want. That was with my older film camera.

    There is nothing wrong with keeping the camera in 'P' long as you get good images. I would prefer to use one of the priority modes but that's just a preference.

    What metering mode are you using? Are you using flash? I've heard that Canon's TTL-II flash metering can be inconsistent at times.
  3. Christie Photo

    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Jan 7, 2005
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    When I was shooting film, I always used a hand-held meter. These days, I carry a grey card. I use it constantly... absolutely... always... for every available light shot.

    I've used the same strobes for quite some time now... more than a dozen years. So for my flash shots, I pretty much know what the exposure is.

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