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Dumb beginners question
Just got my first ever DSLR today, Canon XSi with Kit Lens. I have almost no photography experience..

I tried a few pictures today. and it seems to me that I should be fixing the Spot Metering circle in the middle of the picture I am taking, but the AF points light up elsewhere. So, should I be moving the camera such that the AF points are right on the person I am snapping? I guess I am thinking that since the circle is in the middle thats what I should be aiming at?.

Thanks..

Comments (8)

You need to read the manual from cover to cover at least twice, then go try again..

After that, come to a forum like this and ask much more specific questions. You cannot expect people here to tell you what is in the manual. You CAN expect them to help you with questions that are not in the manual, or about how to interpret parts of the manual you find hard to understand..

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Comment #1

Spot metering is for those who know what they are doing and know exactly what bit of the scene to meter off. I wouldn't recommend it to start with - use matrix or centre-weighted metering..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #2

You need to select wich AF point you want to use. By the sounds of it, you are letting the camera choose the auto focus for you which is why it's selecting one that is different than the one you want..

To select the AF point, click on the "Zoom out" button shown below (Second button at top right). press the button until your desired AF point is the active one..

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

When all AF show active, this means the camera will choose the AF for you which is not what you want..

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Comment #3

This may be a bit obvious but metering and focus are not the same thing, you can meter wherever you like in the frame and focus somewhere else altogether, which can be perfectly valid in many circumstances..

Recipe for perfect images - first take lots of ordinary ones......

Comment #4

Thank you, great answer..

Ziggy25 wrote:.

You need to select wich AF point you want to use. By the sounds ofit, you are letting the camera choose the auto focus for you which iswhy it's selecting one that is different than the one you want..

To select the AF point, click on the "Zoom out" button shown below(Second button at top right). press the button until your desired AFpoint is the active one...

Comment #5

If you do not know they answer, it;s not a dumb question..

Now, read your manual, with your camera besdie you, and try using the camer,a s you read the manual..

BasicsFocus is what the camera focuses ON..

Metering is measuring the amount of light, so the camera can decide other variables, in order for teh "scene" to be exposed and thus :Viewable" as more than a pure Whie(or Black) Frame..

SPot metering is handy when you want to insure a specific portion of the Scene, which you see thru the cameras viewfinder, is "exposed" coorectly..

Example:.

Your subject is in the shade of a tree, but the sun is extremely bright behind her..

Now, the camera can "Meter" the scene, expose for the brightly Sun, and the subject ends up a Silhoutte..

OR.

The camera can SPot meter of the main subject, then the brightly lit backgroudn is totally white, lacking in all detail..

Terrific way to use spot metering..

You need to learn how to use Focus Pints, those things that turn Red in your camera viewfinder. That shows what the cmaera is focused on..

Rarely does a subject, in teh dead center of an image, ook as appealing as when the subject is placed off to one side..

This is called RULE OF THIRDS..

I suggst you leave camera in Center weighted metering mode, learn to use the selective focus point feature, so you can decide what is in focui and what you focus upon, and just enjoy your new camera..

AS you review yor own image, or see other images you like, ask yourself just what about that image you fidn so desireable, then try to emulate or re-create it yoruself..

Learn learn learnits fun and your images will get better.Dave PattersonMidwestshutterbug.com'When the light and composition are strong, nobodynotices things like resolution or pincushion distortion'Gary Friedman..

Comment #6

Thanks this is exactly what was happening, and the answer I needed.

Ziggy25 wrote:.

You need to select wich AF point you want to use. By the sounds ofit, you are letting the camera choose the auto focus for you which iswhy it's selecting one that is different than the one you want..

To select the AF point, click on the "Zoom out" button shown below(Second button at top right). press the button until your desired AFpoint is the active one..

Image control:Zoom outZoom 100%Zoom inExpand AllOpen in new window.

When all AF show active, this means the camera will choose the AFfor you which is not what you want..

My gallery - Feel free to C&Chttp://www.DiniOnline.com..

Comment #7

Mike703 wrote:.

Spot metering is for those who know what they are doing and knowexactly what bit of the scene to meter off. I wouldn't recommend itto start with - use matrix or centre-weighted metering..

Best wishesMike.

I interpreted the question as about focus not metering. That focus point can be moved (in some cameras) to where your subject is. Other cameras you can press the shutter release half-way to "lock focus" then recompose and without letting up on the shutter release take the photo. Without knowing your particular model it's hard to know which option you have...

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