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Light meter in shutter priority mode
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June 19, 2014
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Hello everyone,

Thanks for being here helping new “photographers” like myself. And a big thanks of course to Oksana for making those brilliant videos. 

I haven’t watched them all yet but I have a question after trying out S mode on my camera. 

As a test, I wanted to take a photo of my dark-lit room using a tripod. I didn’t know what aperture to use since I wanted everything in my room to be in focus so I thought I would use shutter priority mode. From what I’ve learned in Oksana’s videos, I would be able to set the iso to 100 for best quality, use auto-aperture in S mode and compensate the darkness with a long shutter speed. To do this however, I needed a light meter. And in S mode it disappeared. Why is that? What am I doing wrong? 

Thanks in advance for helping me. 

Kind regards,

Alain 

June 20, 2014
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Alain,

First, welcome to the forum.  I look forward to seeing some of your pictures.  I’m a novice as well, but what kind of camera do you have?  That may help as I’m sure someone on the forum may have the same camera.  I have a Nikon D600 and there is a meter that shows up whenever the shot will be over or under exposed to show you how many stops it will be under/over exposed.  It is not there if the shot will be “correctly” exposed.  Although, if I wanted to get everything in the scene in focus, regardless of light, I might use A priority with f11 or higher and then let the camera select the correct (and longer) shutter speed – especially since you were using a tripod anyway.  You can do it the other way and just keep reducing the shutter speed until you achieve the aperture that you are looking for, but it is probably quicker the other way around.  

 

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June 20, 2014
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Dear Michael, thank you for your reply. 

The reason I didn’t see the light meter was indeed because it was correctly exposed. When I purposely over or under expose the shot, the light meter shows up. The thing that confused me was the light meter stays put in M mode, even with perfect exposure. It doesn’t go away like in S mode. Thanks again. And to answer your question I own a D7100 in combination with the 18-140 mm. 

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Alain…

The reason that you only see the light meter in Manual Mode is that the camera, if possible, automatically gives the correct exposure, in Aperture and Shutter Priority modes.  In Manual mode it does not.  In Manual mode you have to adjust Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO, using the light meter to get proper exposure.

As Michael says, for this shot, using a tripod, it would be easiest to shoot in Aperture Priority Mode with a relatively small aperture opening to give greater depth of field.  The shutter will automatically stay open as long as necessary to achieve proper exposure.  Use of the tripod will prevent camera shake during the long exposure time.

Good luck with the shot.  We look forward to seeing it.

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