Don’t Let The Lightmeter Fool You

Scenes like this will really fool your light meterToday my daughter received her BA in German. The ceremony was inside at the University of Florida Sundome. When I went to take photos of the alumni under the tungsten lights my light meter kept telling me I was under exposed. That’s because all it saw was a sea of black gowns. I was exposing for the faces witch were about 2 to 3 f/stops brighter. Had I left the camera on AUTO the faces would have all been grossly over exposed. The meter wanted to make all those gowns a neutral grey. Always be mindful of situations like this. If your subject is against a white or black background or clothing your sophisticated camera meter becomes brain dead.

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