zoom V's spot metering V's macro

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Beck, May 9, 2004.

  1. Beck

    Beck Guest

    Hello all,

    I have an Olympus C720 which I do love. Been playing around with the
    settings as I am quite new to digital photography and am trying to work out
    what best suits me.

    I have found the zoom to give much clearer close up shots than the macro,
    maybe that is that particular camera, or just my untrained eyes.

    I am just wondering how spot metering would benefit me with close ups? I do
    not know anything about spot metering only that I think that the focus would
    be on the subject where the spot is. Is that correct?
    Beck, May 9, 2004
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  2. Beck

    BenOne© Guest

    Macro is usually used to get better focus when the subject is only inches away
    from the camera.

    Like someone said in another post, spot metering is OK if you can choose an
    average toned part of the subject to focus on, or you will get underexposed
    shadows (dark areas) or overexposed highlights (light areas).
    BenOne©, May 9, 2004
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  3. Sounds like some time in the library is in order. Spot metering is best left
    well alone until you know where your photographic head's at.

    Oh, and the better macro shots will use a combination of macro and zoom.
    Macro at the wide end is next to useless in most cases, what with barrel
    distortion and comparitively low reproduction ratios.

    Read books and experiment.
    Martin Francis, May 10, 2004
  4. Beck

    Beck Guest

    Looks like some time with the manual is in order, I did not realise I could
    use macro with the zoom. Thankyou for that. No wonder I was getting awful
    shots with the macro.
    I do have a few books which I bought last week. Slowly ploughing my way
    through them. Thats the way it is though, a huge learning curve :)
    Beck, May 10, 2004
  5. Beck

    Beck Guest

    Hi Ben, thanks for the reply. I think as Martin suggests, I am going to
    leave the spot metering until I learn more about the basic things rather
    than jumping in with new stuff.
    Beck, May 10, 2004
  6. As I mentioned before, the following two are quite good. They only cover
    zone exposure, not the "Zone System".


    I did a lot of B&W work years and years ago, but never got around to
    figuring out the zone system. The above provide a _REALLY_ easy introduction
    and basis on top of which _any_ discussion of zone system based photography
    will be much easier to understand. These books are painfully simplified, but
    are worth reading for exactly that reason.

    I like the following book because it has a good descriptions of the zones
    used in B&W film photography, but the reproductions aren't the greatest, and
    it's not cheap.


    And there are, of course, a zillion other books.

    I wonder if there are any books that apply zone system concepts to RAW
    capture with dSLRs???

    David J. Littleboy
    Tokyo, Japan
    David J. Littleboy, May 10, 2004
  7. Beck

    Beck Guest

    Thanks for the links, I do prefer black and white pictures. I shall take a
    look at those books.
    Beck, May 10, 2004
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