Does metering matter in modern day cameras?

2 months 2 weeks ago #668541 by Mark T
For example if you are shooting in manual mode and have control over aperture, shutter speed and ISO, does metering really matter?  Especially with mirrorless cameras where you are seeing exposure changes in real time?


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2 months 2 weeks ago #668542 by Nikon Shooter
Many will propose that, with digital photography, metering
is no longer needed because the results may be seen right
away on the back screen as you say and the onboard meter
is quite enough.

Though I use it way less than in film times but I still use it in
studio mainly.

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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2 months 2 weeks ago #668545 by Mark T
So it is kind of obsolete then


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2 months 2 weeks ago #668546 by Nikon Shooter
Not at all! It went from an imperative tool to a most
useful accessory… depending on the way one works.

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2 months 2 weeks ago #668552 by garyrhook
When you say "metering" what do you mean?

The camera has a meter, and one can use that to figure out suitable values for aperture/SS/ISO. That's no different than using a handheld light meter.

And if you're working with artificial light, you can experiment, or you can meter (or both).

Given the immediate feedback that a digital display allows, things are easier to dial in. And managing challenging situations (e.g. strong backlighting) becomes much more doable.

So, no, not obsolete.


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2 months 2 weeks ago #668554 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Mark

A good metering system in your camera is the equivalent to having good brakes in your car ... no brakes and you easily go out of control

For any camera (incl phone's here too) to provide you with a 'good' photo with 'good' brightness etc. requires that the camera has some method of analysing the bright bits + the dark bits + a few other bits and putting it all together into an exposure method comprising a 'click' of the shutter and a few other things all at the same time

Whether you are operating in Manual mode or Auto mode - matters not, except that Auto mode is under control of the metering system, whereas in Manual mode ~ unless you have years of experience behind you ~ means that without a good metering system in front of you you are guessing 99% of the time and living in hope that you get it right

Even in Manual mode and when you look at the little exposure scale shown in the EVF or viewfinder or LCD back panel elsewise, you are looking at the exposure system in operation. If it were not there, would you have any hope of "getting it right"?

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
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2 months 2 weeks ago #668661 by MYoung
Well yeah it does, how else would you know what is correct exposure.  Sure you can gauge what looks best for you.  But does that guarantee perfect exposure each time?


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2 months 1 week ago #669380 by Tristan R
+1

Why wouldn't it?  Something needs to tell you where correct exposure is.  


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1 month 3 weeks ago #670824 by KCook
As Gary already asked, exactly what do you have in mind for the term "metering"? I very rarely bother with handheld meters anymore. But I use the camera's meter for most shots. The exception is shooting in manual mode under constant lighting. Then I will meter the initial shot, motor ahead with the rest of the batch without checking the meter each time.

I regard the usual "exposure preview" in the LCD (or EVF for a mirrorless) feature as utter bunk. I would never trust just my eyeball and a wonky LCD as a light meter. I do use the LCD, a lot. But every time I'm using the histogram displayed on the LCD, not trying to eyeball the brightness.

Kelly

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1 month 2 weeks ago #671195 by Miss Polly
Honestly, you still need a properly exposed photo.  So while carrying around a meter doesn't fit my style of shooting.  Allowing the camera to meter for correct exposure still is important.


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