Exposure settings

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  1. timputtick

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    When i shoot on manual mode, i frequently get the exposure wrong and have to correct it. To those of you experienced in photography, do you have to use trial and error some of the time or can you get it how you want it straight off?
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    Use your meter. It still works, even when the camera is in Manual.
     
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    use trial and error long enough and you get used to it, then it becomes trial and success
     
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    There are several ways to get correct exposure in manual mode. Read up on the topic of metering.
     
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    Or learn how to use the meter and why it works the way it does, and you'll have instant success.

    It's not tough.
     
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    manual is like driving a car... lot's of little adjustments all the time... unless your subject / light isn't changing much. then you just set it and forget it (product photography etc..). If you are shooting fast paced stuff where the lighting and composition is changing a lot then there is a point where aperture priority becomes my go to mode. good luck
     
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    Thanks for all the replies, especially KmH very useful link. Thank you
     
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    It gets easier the more you practice.. I use the meter as a starting point and then adjust my exposure after looking at the histogram and picture.
     
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    As has been said, it can be learned, but if you are taking grab shots, there isn't anything wrong with aperture priority, or shutter priority. There's no shame in auto mode.....
     
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    Understanding Exposure is an excellent book and has an entire chapter on metering. Even includes a few 'tricks' to help you meter correctly in odd situations. Scott Kelby's 3 part trilogy is excellent as well. The 4th book in that series is due out next month. You can get on amazon or your local brick and mortar store.
     
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    Shoot in Aperture priority...let the camera do it for you.
    Shooting Manual for inexperienced photographers is an exercise in frustration. The meter will be off most of the time....bright scenes require positive compensation dark scenes require negative compensation. Your camera wants to make everything middle gray.

    Using Aperture priority your camera will (for the most part) make these corrections for you.
     

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