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Camera Setup: Metering

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Mike Hagen

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3. Camera Setup: Metering

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Camera Setup: Metering

All right, well, let's get into some more techy stuff here. Some more technical stuff. I'm gonna grab my camera and I think for for the studio so they can look in here. I think it be easier if I put this on my tripod. What I want to talk about is now meet Oring case. We're gonna get in some technical media ring stuff. So all the cannons and the night cons and Fuji's Ah, and everybody else out there in camera land, they have me tearing modes, light metering modes. Okay. And on the Nikon system, the meat oring mode button is typically right up here. There are three types of meters, three types of light meters. There's matrix meter, center, weighted meter and spot meter. Okay, so what should we use for flash? Well, the truth is, is that the meat oring system for flash almost always, regardless of which camera brand you're using, kind of uses a multi pattern meter. So, like even if you're in spot meter, when the cameras trying to figure out the automatic flash exposure, it kind of looks at...

the whole frame. So it's really using a multi pattern meter for the flash, even though you might have chosen spot meter. That said, if you want your camera to be as automatic as possible and to do most of the thinking for you, I recommend that you use matrix meter on the Nikon or in the canon, its evaluative meter, you know, multi pattern type of meter. So what I'll do, I'm just gonna turn on my info screen here and can you get See that? Okay, cool. So then, if I push this meeting mode button and you can see down here and then rotate with my thumb, you can see I'm switching between the metering mode. So there's that's matrix or pattern meter. This is the central waited meter, and there's this spot in general. My recommendation is that you use matrix metering, and that's if you're gonna use a T T L flash. Now. Haven't used the term t TL yet. We haven't defined it yet, but t t l sends for through the lens metering. Most flashes give you two options. For me, uttering one is T T l. That's through the lens, and then the others manual. You know, manual flash output. There's a bunch of other stuff in there, and I'll talk about those later. But the two that we really think through is photographers or T t l and manual mode. Okay, So if you want the camera again to do most of thinking for you set the thing for matrix meter, that will automate it as much as possible. Will you Later today I'm gonna talk about why t t l may not always be the best choice. In fact, some of you, um, have probably had bad experiences with t t l inconsistent experiences with Teal. And that's just the nature of the beast. So I'm gonna show you how toe had a wrangle t t l and then also how to maybe go to the next step, which is manual old school. All right, so cool. Any questions about Matrix Iterated spot? All right, so that's that's kind of the first step you notice. Just as a side note here, I'm starting my flash photography discussion with the camera, and that's important. It's important that you get your camera settings nailed first. Once your cameras all set up for I eso an aperture and shutter speed and synchronization mode and all that it was like eight or 10 things we have to get right here. Once that set, then we start talking flash. Then we start going through the flash study. So make that a habit of yours. Always start with the camera and then over afterwards, get into the flash and the flash's settings.

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a Creativelive Student

Great fast-class! Mike Hagen got straight to the point and made it super easy to understand!


Great course very informative and so easy to understand.


The class covers exactly what you would expect. Very good basic information about how to set-up and operate a flash on any camera. Mike was extremely personable and communicated very well.

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