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Meter Settings

Meter Settings

My camera, in common with most other SLRs, has a built-in light meter. It can be set to take readings from just the centre of the scene (spot), mostly around the centre (centre-weighted) or from the whole scene (multi-segment).

Last week, when shooting at a school play on 1916, I set metering to spot. I find this best in such situations, as then the exposure will be taken from the face of the subject without being unduly influenced by the background, which is generally much darker.

Two days later I was at the St. Patrick's day parade in Carlow town, and took a few dozen shots. When I looked at them at home, many were over-exposed, as I had forgotten to set metering back to centre-weighted or multi-segment. When the spot that was metered from was relatively dark compared to the rest of the scene the brighter spots were over-exposed, and I didn't check the histogram on the camera's view screen, as I should have, after any of the shots.

In the shot of the band, metering would have been from the dark banner, leaving areas such as the van at the back and the white coat on the right clipped.

Presentation Band

Presentation Band

Histogram

Histogram

Screen shot 2016-02-26 at 10.54.00While we were discussing uploading photos to the gallery on Wednesday, Willie enquired whether keywords that you have assigned to your images would be uploaded with them. I've tried, and they are. Furthermore, the keywords are displayed under the thumbnail of the image in the album, where they are clickable links to other images with the same keyword. I clicked the "mountains" keyword in the photo I had put up, and got linked to an image where Willie had the same keyword. So if everyone used keywords, and we agreed on a standard set, we could use that feature for … well, something.

The project team has put together a description of the project. Do please read it BEFORE our Wednesday meeting so that they can answer any questions.  Follow the link for the description: Project2016

There is an album in the gallery where you can upload work for the project, for discussion (use the comment feature) or final artwork. You have to be logged in to see work in the album (Project 2016 – Collage) or to upload or comment. It is currently the last album in the gallery.

When we post news items here, they are automatically copied to our facebook page, but as was mentioned last night, not everyone uses facebook. This is an experiment that should send an email notification of new posts to all registered users, so apologies if you get it in error, or you don’t get it (please let us know), or it just doesn’t work.

The new season begins for Carlow Photographic Society on Wednesday, September 2nd at 8pm in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. We will welcome back our existing members and extend a céad míle fáilte to all new members.

Enrolling will take place for full membership ( including classes) at a cost of €80 and for classes only at €60.

CPS members, Marie Doyle and Michael Russell, will deliver a Presentation of their images from a recent visit to Cuba.

We will also outline the Calendar of Events for the coming year and discuss a proposed new CPS Competition Structure.

We look forward to a fulfilling season in photography for all our members.