Metering Exposure


Nikon® D5 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Metering Exposure

All right, we've made it through the first part of the custom menu. On to letter B. So the ISO sensitivity can be changed in third, half, or full stops. Most people leave it in third stops, but I've heard of some people changing it to one stops just because they don't use the third stops and they want to be able to more quickly change from ISO 100 to 3,200 with less clicks of the dial. And so I leave mine in third stops, because I occasionally like to be really precise about some things in some cases. We have the same type of control for EV steps for exposure control, shutter speeds and apertures and so forth. Normally, we use these third stops because it's about the smallest amount of light difference that we can see between one photograph and the next. But if you have a reason or you want to, you can change it to half step or full steps, but most people leave this at third steps. Exposure and flash compensation can also be adjusted in third, half, and full steps. Once again, most peo...

ple just leave these compensation done in third stops to be the finest increment amount possible. All right, so normally when you do exposure compensation, you have to press down on the plus/minus button. As you're holding it, you turn the back dial, so it's kind of a two finger affair. If you want, you can do easy exposure compensation, which means you don't have to press the button at all. All you have to do is just turn the unused dial to change exposure compensation. And this is how some other cameras on the market work. They're just kind of always available for changing exposure compensation. And if you do that a lot, this is a system that would work out really good. But you've gotta be really careful that you're not accidentally bumping this in. So some of our more advanced users might like it. The more basic users probably want to leave that turned off so it has kind of that safety set on there that it's not gonna accidentally change on you. The matrix metering has an option of turning on face detection, and it will adjust exposure ever so slightly if it's noticing faces in there. You can try this on and off, but for the most part, I think giving it a little bit more information will probably help it out. The center-weighted metering area has four, actually five different options. You can choose different size circles that the camera is choosing to meter 60% inside of and 40% outside of. And so it's kind of like a big, fat spot that is controllable in size. And so the average area's looking over the entire scene, and so some people come from older cameras that use center-weighted meterings that were of a particular size, style, or nature, and you could mimic that right here in the camera. Most people don't use center-weighted metering, so it's not that big of issue. All right, fine-tune optimal exposure is gonna lead into a sub-menu. You can go in and you can adjust the metering of the four different metering systems you have. And so if you found that your camera consistently is giving you images that are a little too bright or a little too dark, you can basically recalibrate the entire metering system in here that you are using, or all of them. This is something that most people with this camera should never touch and most people will never end up adjusting. This is different than exposure compensation. This is something that you won't see in any of the metadata of your photograph, and so I'm hoping that this stays at zeroes on your camera. But if it does drift and you wanna make the adjustment, you can do it here.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But dense technical manuals make for a terrible first date. Get the most out of your new Nikon D5 camera with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. 

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this Fast Start class, you’ll learn:

  • How to use the new 53 point AF system
  • How to understand and use the autofocus system for great photos
  • How to incorporate video into your shooting using the 4K advanced video capabilities.
John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Nikon D5's settings to work for your style of photography.


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