Originally Posted by laboitenoire
So my question:
For those of you who shoot manual, do you follow what the exposure meter says or do you make your own adjustments? Because if you're following the meter you might as well use a priority mode...
What I'll usually do is use the meter on the first few shots, just to set up a "baseline", and then after that adjust things manually without even looking at it (not much at least) for the rest of the day/shoot/whatever. If it's in a studio or indoor setting then it's extremely easy because it almost never changes.
My meter sits in spot metering mode most of the time btw, I find it the easiest to work with.
Also, don't be afraid to underexpose or overexpose, it can help a lot of the time (just don't do it TOO much). By underexposing you can get faster shutter speeds than you would at a proper exposure, and by overexposing you can blow out parts of the image that you don't want very easily.Edited by Manyak - 7/25/11 at 7:41pm