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Old Apr 5, 2010, 6:00 PM   #1
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Not the best picture make up but it's interesting how spot metering does on the exposure. I put the "spot" on different shaded areas - then re-centered and took the picture.
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How does this look to you? There is a very wide difference in the levels of light or contrast with your photo. But perhaps this is more what you were trying to capture. I am not sure because I was not there to really see the light you were dealing with in this photo.

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If you don't mind me asking, what is "Spot Metering" and "Spot Focus"?
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Old Apr 5, 2010, 9:18 PM   #4
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Spot metering is metering on a single spot within a photo, rather that using a more generalized exposure evaluation.

Spot Focusing is again focusing on a single spot within the photo environment. In existing light photos, where no flash is being used, it allows you to set the focus on the single spot that you, the photographer, determine as the most important element in the photo.

For example, in this FZ-28 photo I spot focused and spot metered on the instrumentalist. I did that because he was the most important element in the photo, not the green light.

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Old Apr 6, 2010, 7:48 AM   #5
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I wanted to show the difference or the effect of "spot" metering. Where you put that "spot" or point makes a big difference if you have various levels of light and shade. Most of the time I leave it on Multi Mode (.) which seems to "even out the light".
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Clint, I experimented a lot with metering back in January.... but eventually settled on Multi Mode too. I can't say I've found much need for spot metering.
As for focus...... that is a different matter....and I ONLY use spot focus as I have found
this to be highly effective on the FZ38/35.
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I think I am coming to the same conclusion.

At least I know spot metering works well if I need it for a special shot.

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Clint, I experimented a lot with metering back in January.... but eventually settled on Multi Mode too. I can't say I've found much need for spot metering.
As for focus...... that is a different matter....and I ONLY use spot focus as I have found
this to be highly effective on the FZ38/35.
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Default I think this one would need spot metering...

I think this one would need spot metering...
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I'll say - yellow journalism at it's finest. Excellent!!!
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Clint, I experimented a lot with metering back in January.... but eventually settled on Multi Mode too. I can't say I've found much need for spot metering.
Now if you had a bird high up in a tree and it was back-lit by the afternoon sun, Would spot metering be useful for that picture?
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