Our class this week was all about composition. For the most part I think I have a pretty good grasp of this, however, I learned I had no clue about metering. Metering is very important and I predict it it going to really help my photography skills. I thought about writing my own post about it, but I found a blog that explains it better than I ever could so I will refer you to The Creative Momma blog her 2 very informative metering posts.
When I got home from my class last night, I practiced a few shots using my new metering knowledge. I chose spot metering for all of my shots.
Here are some examples of my shots. These are straight out of the camera.
In this first shot I metered on the area of Izzy’s face that was away from the light. I like the photo but the lit up part of her face is a bit blown out.
Next I metered on the lit part of her face. It would be nice if it was a little brighter and lighter, but I could easily correct this during editing. What amazed me the lit part of her face didn’t lose any of the detail due to the brightness of the lamp above.
Next I used a water bottle and my computer screen for my experiment.
This first photo I metered on the water bottle.
The bottle looks great, but the computer screen is totally blown.
Then I metered on the screen.
It still isn’t crisp and clear, but you can see more detail of the dandelion I used for my background and now the bottle is darker.
I need to keep practicing and reading. I hope you feel brave enough to tackle manual shooting and learn how to meter. I would love to hear how it goes for you.
I love learning about my camera. Do you?