Contryside pictures overexposed with a Minolta dynax 5

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Le Papangue, May 5, 2004.

  1. Le Papangue

    Le Papangue Guest

    Hello.

    I have many problems with contry side pictures if they are contrasted
    (sunny weather). In that case if I let the automatic exposure do it's
    job the picture is too light, overexposed. I suppose the system has
    detected an "against the sunlight" situation. Then to control this I got
    used to get the highest light with a spot measure on a highlighted point.

    Do you think it's normal for that kind of reflex ?

    I use to have a 600si during a short period and the light was more under
    control. "against the sunlight" situations were detected only for
    portraits or "not too far" subjects.

    I thought I could get a 700si or 800si secound hand because maybe they
    are better on that point and on those cameras there is an "average measure".

    If you could help me with your experiences...

    Thanks.

    Philippe.
     
    Le Papangue, May 5, 2004
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    Joseph Kewfi Guest

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    Joseph Kewfi, May 5, 2004
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    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Contryside pictures overexposed with a Minolta dynax 5
    Yes. To get the best results some scenes require you set exposure either
    manually or lock in an automatic expsoure of the most relevant parts (usually
    the lit portion/highlights) of the scene - a spot reading helps insure your
    camera is metering only the highlights you want it to so the exposure won't be
    thrown off by extraneous shadows/etc.
    Its not the camera so much as how you use it. Be selective (spot meter or take
    a meter reading of a small section of the subject) then lock in your reading
    with AE lock or manual exposure...

    I'm not sure if the 5 has a spot meter but if it does, use it, lock it on the
    most important highlight in the scene (leaves of trees, blue sky, if that's
    important to you, etc.). Use AE lock to do this or do it in manual exposure. If
    the camera doesn't have spot metering you can use a telephoto lens (or the
    telephoto end of a zoom) to take a meter reading and then transfer this meter
    reading in manaual setting when you switch lenses back to your wider lens.

    If you are shooting print film there's a chance that the lab printed your
    prints too light on an automatic machine. Have them retry printing your prints
    darker from the same negatives.

    Average meters and automatic exposure can be easy and convenient but to get the
    best results its up to you to take the controls into your own hands by metering
    and locking off your highlight expsoure or doing its equivalent by setting a
    manual expsoure.
     
    Lewis Lang, May 7, 2004
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