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Old Jun 5, 2006, 12:36 AM   #1
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Let's look at the differences between two camera settings: exposure compensation and metering mode.The differences are obvious not only in terms of exposure (which is expected, of course) but also in terms of detail. In some cases, if you look at the stuccoin the background,you'll notice a huge difference in details between the shots.

First one, not much detail on the stucco. It's washed out.

metering = center-weight

EV = -0.33
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Second, lots of detail on the stucco. Picture does not look over exposed.

metering = matrix

EV = -0.33
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This third photo I find it to be a bit on the dark side but overal detail is good, specially in the background.
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Last of the series, I think it's way over exposed. So, center-weight is OK in low light situations or when EV is set to -0.33 (or higher). Otherwise, it willover expose.

metering = center weight

EV = 0


The settings for thelast photo were:

metering = matrix

EV = 0
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Old Jun 5, 2006, 1:18 AM   #5
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Tullio,

bear in mind that it's not just what you meter, but where you meter, that determines the quality of an image. if you meter on a darker portion, like the leaves in these shots, the stucco will be blown out. if you meter on the mid-tones, it'll be reasonably balanced, but that white stucco will still be pretty bright. if you meter on the stucco, the flowers will be too dark. this lack ofdynamic range is a common weakness of digicams in general, and the FZ suffers from it like any other camera. for this shot i'd meter on the flowers, and if the stucco is still too bright (histogram is helpful for this), i might switch to manual mode and deliberately underexpose it a stop or so.
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Hi Squirl, thanks again for commenting. Yes, I did meter on the flowers, every single shot. I was pretty far away with the zoom at 12x + 1.7 tele in front. I used the stucco as an example of how much detail the camera looses between one setting and another.
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