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When using manual mode, do you meter at zero

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4 years 3 months ago #3193 by Photo Answers Archive
When using manual mode, do you always want to have your metering at the 0?

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4 years 3 months ago #3257 by Photo Answers Archive
Its a good starting point, yes. You want to get a normal exposure then evaluate it with the screen and histogram, adjusting as necessary. Sometimes the foreground might be a little underexposed because of a bright sky or a portrait in front of a window that is backlit. Other times I suggest intentionally underexposing, sunsets are a good example of when I almost always underexpose.

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4 years 3 months ago #3258 by Photo Answers Archive
Depending on how it's metering it's telling you if it's under or ever exposed before you take the photo right? - also, I have a Canon 50mm 1.8 (i know, cheap lens), but alot of times if I leave it in the middle it will under expose, i almost always have to make the meter show it's 1 or 2 stops overexposed for it to turn out right...I guess it's just that lens.

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4 years 3 months ago #3259 by Photo Answers Archive
Seems to depend on the camera. I like my pictures a bit better if I expose 1/3 or 2/3 overexposed (Nikon D5000).

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4 years 3 months ago #3260 by Photo Answers Archive
for me same.

I dont wanna say something wrong but as far as I know, you get more data from the photo if you overexpose rather than underexpose. thats why I do also like to have slightly overexpose but ofcourse for some exceptions like gregory said use underexposure

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4 years 3 months ago #3261 by Photo Answers Archive
It depends for me... Most of the time its spot on zero; others, I have 1/3 stop higher or lower. If you feel that your normal exposed shot needs more light, or vice versa, then by all means, tinker by setting the exposures 1/3 or 2/3 above or below.

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