How to properly use the rebel xt light meter

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by rxl125, Jul 31, 2007.

  1. rxl125 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2006
    How do you use it properly. Right now I use the creative modes and set the aperture I want based on the little I know (wide open ='s blurred background vs. closed ap ='s sharper picture). I use the AV mode and the M mode the most.

    I then adjust the shutter speed to get it in the middle of the balance on the LCD and viewfinder. Am I doing this right? Is there anything else to it.

    I feel dumb asking this.

    Of course I'm focusing on my subject with the button pressed halfway down.

    Is there a web site for approx. aperture settings for various situations?
  2. Mike Teezie macrumors 68020

    Mike Teezie

    Nov 20, 2002
    Sounds like you have it about right to me.

    For situations where the light is pretty constant, I shoot in Manual. When the light is changing a good deal, I switch over to Aperture Priority, and let the camera do the thinking.

    Canon cameras seem to underexpose by about 1/3 of a stop. Unless the light is very harsh, I'll push the exposure 1/3 to 2/3 of a stop a lot of the time.

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