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Tips and Ops Issue #13 - Using Your Camera's Light Meter in Manual Mode
July 19, 2012

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July 2012 Issue #13

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Table of Contents:
  • Photo Tip - Using Your Camera's Light Meter in Manual Mode

  • Guest Articles -
    1. 7 Father's Day Gift Ideas...
    2. Flowers Play An Important Role...

  • Free Photo Gallery Updates -
    1. Reflections Album
    2. Sky Pictures Album
    3. Perspectives Album

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Photo Tip - Use Your Camera's Light Meter in Manual Mode

We've covered low light photography in other places and newsletters before. But I would like to point out a built in feature in many point and shoot camera's you may find very useful.

I've mentioned before, I use the Canon PowerShot S5IS for most of my photos on Nature and Flower Pictures. This camera will usually take the best pictures in auto mode.

But sometimes you may find yourself in a dark forest like we did last week on our visit to Blackwater Falls State Park. The week before that was our family reunion at Cooper's Rock. Both parks have lighting challenges.

This year I tried both flash and adjusting my light meter on the camera. Now the light meter is only available in manual mode on my camera.

Automatic mode will usually give you the best lighting for your photo. But sometimes other measures are called for. If the area you are trying to photograph is too dark. Or there is a bright light behind the subject you are wanting to take a picture of, you might need to take matters into your own hands.

Put your camera in manual mode. Focus on your subject. Then simply press the button left or right to adjust the area light to where you want it.

Whether you use your view finder or your LCD display, you will see your subjects come into view before your eyes. This light meter is actually adjusting shutter speed to allow more or less light into the lens.

Most important, have fun and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Free Photo Gallery - Photo Art Section Waiting For Your Additons

This issues brings you three Photo Art albums to enjoy. God gave us nature and beauty in an art form that no human can match. But with the invention of cameras we sure can take advantage of sharing that beauty with everyone.

Here are three more examples of glorious natural art in my Photo Art Section of the Free Photo Gallery:

Reflections Album - Don't you just love the way trees, houses, forests and more reflect off water? Come enjoy these samples of nature's little double takes.

Perspective Album - Perspective gives your pictures volume, depth, space and distance. Sample a few in this album. Perhaps you'll have a few you want to share as well.

Sky Pictures Album - Come fly in sky pictures album photos. No matter where you live in the world you know you have the sky above you somewhere.

Have Fun,


Guest Articles

Special thanks to guests who have taken me up on my offer. Your submissions go toward providing great articles of interest to readers.

7 Father's Day Gift Ideas For The Dad Who Thinks He Has Everything by Mike Kelley

We have all heard of, or probably even experienced the difficult task of buying a gift for someone who seems to have everything. And, quite often that person is one or both of your parents, right?

Read more of 7 Father's Day Gift Ideas... here.

Flowers Play An Important Role In Every Occasion By Sophiya

Love is life and flowers are the best way to show your love, care and concern, condolences, thankfulness, and more. One very important role of giving flowers is to express personal feelings for each other.

Read more of Flowers Play... here.

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