The Confused Photographer's Guide to On-Camera Spotmetering (The Confused Photographer's Guide to . . . Series)

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9780966081701: The Confused Photographer's Guide to On-Camera Spotmetering (The Confused Photographer's Guide to . . . Series)

World’s first book written to illustrate the on-camera spot metering technique for 35mm, Digital, and Medium Format photographers:

All types of metering systems used in different cameras (with the exception of the on-camera spotmeter operated by a skilled photographer) use a "cookie-cutter" approach to photographic exposure. What this means is the camera meter measures the various tones of your subject, and then averages all of the tones in order to come up with an overall exposure. Sometimes the overall exposure works and sometimes it doesn't. With this approach, the ball is in the camera's court and in many instances the photographer has no hand in the final look of the image. With on-camera spotmetering, the photographer uses a "tailored" approach to find the correct exposure for a very specific subject. With this approach, the skilled photographer interprets the spotmeter readings from the subject and establishes the correct exposure that captures the desired image (what the eye sees) on film. The consistency and flexibility of the narrow-angled spotmeter makes it the most powerful and versatile exposure tool in existance today. The only catch in using a spotmeter is that the photographer must have the skill to use this powerful tool correctly and effectively. The Confused Photographer's Guide to On-Camera Spotmetering does just that! It is simple, easy-to-follow, and uses a common-sense teaching approach to the material. With more than seventy full-page illustrations, it is designed to get the beginner and the intermediate photographer started in a couple of days. I assume that you have a camera with a built-in spotmetering (partial metering) feature. I also assume that you have a ninth grade education and are willing to learn. To facilitate your learning process, I have included a two page cheat sheets for each of the following cameras: Canon EOS 10D Digital Slr, Canon EOS 20D Digital Slr, Canon EOS 3, Canon EOS A2/A2E, Canon EOS Elan 2E, Canon EOS Elan 7E, Canon EOS Rebel 2000, Canon EOS Rebel Ti/300V, Canon PowerShot G3 Digital, Canon PowerShot G5 Digital, Minolta Maxxum 5, Minolta Maxxum 7, Minolta Maxxum 9, Minolta Maxxum StSi, Nikon CoolPix 990 Digital, Nikon CoolPix 995 Digital, Nikon CoolPix 4500 Digital, Nikon CoolPix 5700 Digital, Nikon Coolpix 5000 Digital, Nikon Coolpix 8700 Digital, Nikon D70 Digital Slr, Nikon F4, Nikon F5, Nikon F100, Nikon N50, Nikon N55, Nikon N60, Nikon N6006, Nikon N65, Nikon N70, Nikon N75, Nikon N80, Nikon N8008s, Nikon N90/N90s, Pentax *ist, Pentax *ist-D Digital SLR, Pentax 645N Medium Format, Pentax MZ-S, Pentax PZ-1P, Pentax ZX-5N, and Sony DSC-F717 Digital. If your camera is not listed here, you will still be able to learn the technique and apply it successfully.

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From the Publisher:

The reality of life is that there is not a single light metering system in the world that can give you a correctly exposed image for every given subject. If you do not believe this, set your expensive camera to its most advanced metering system ever invented and take pictures of a black surface and a white surface. When you look at the resulting negative (or slide) you will be disappointed. Cameras of today, very much like the cameras of forty years ago, are incapable of recording extreme tones such as a black and a white surface. What you are going to get from this crude experiment is a medium gray image tone. To add insult to injury, you will have absolutely no clue which one of these resulting images correspond to the original subject. As this experiment demonstrates, there is not a single metering system that, without your help and intervention, can capture what your eye sees and what your mind wants to capture. Of all metering systems available to the photographer, only one can give a consistent and predictable reading to the photographer EVERY TIME! Once equipped with this knowledge, the photographer can use his or her knowledge of spotmetering to override this reading to capture the desired image. The major difference between a skilled photographer and an unskilled one is that the latter never questions the camera's readings. The skilled always interprets the spotmeter's reading according to the subject tone, and if necessary, overrides the reading to capture desired image. The Confused Photographer's Guide to On-Camera Spotmetering is the first book ever published that deals with the new millennium's standard 35mm as well as digital cameras. The Confused Photographer's Guide teaches the photographer to use the spotmetering/partial metering feature of the camera to determine the correct/desired exposure every time. Unlike other reflective metering systems (including average, center-weighted, and matrix, and others), in which! the unskilled photographer is at the mercy of the camera's vision, with spotmetering the skilled photographer has full control over the final image. The book uses color slides as a training tool to get the point across. As you may know, with slide film "what you take is what you get." Since slide film is positive, the inexperienced photographer can determine his or her exposure flaws quickly and effectively. If you have never used slide film before, think of it as the training wheels of your exposure skills. Once you have mastered the technique, you can take off the wheels and start applying the technique to color negative film, to black and white negative film, and to digital film. The second edition of the Confused Photographer’s Guide includes digital footnotes as well as a section about digital photography; in this section, you will learn how to use the camera's spotmetering feature (with special reference to Nikon CoolPix 990/995) to get the desired image tone on your monitor.

From the Author:

Please read and answer "yes" or "no" to the following questions:

1) Did it ever occur to you that your camera has a mind of its own and does not necessarily sees, feels, and captures what you had in mind?

2) Are you using your camera as a slot machine and keeping your fingers crossed for a good picture?

3) Do you feel a dent in your pocketbook as your trash cans fill with your camera's poorly exposed color slides or pictures?

4) Do you consider yourself to be a creative and/or demanding photographer, but your lack of exposure skills prevents you from reaching your full potential?

5) Is your photographic life filled with lost opportunities?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, then this book is for you.

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