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#1 Rusty79

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 06:31 AM

Hi,

 

Having watched T&C's video on setting up the D5300 and following suggestions for using actual shots for metering, I find myself getting put off by the camera changing the manual settings i've pre-selected after a shot has been taken.

 

For instance, this morning I was walking on the beach and this helicopter comes in extremely low. I pull up my camera to shoot. My light meter was pretty much 2/3 of a stop over, so i adjusted as quickly by speeding up the shutter. Satisfied with the metering, I began taking a series of shots on continuous. The result was one reasonably exposed shot followed by one that was completely blown out because after the initial shot, the shutter automatically sped up.

 

So, if possible how do I prevent it from 'interfering'?

 

Thanks for any input!



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 06:39 AM

Were you also using spot metering or matrix metering? If using spot metering you can get wildly different results. (Spot works ok on little birdies)

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 07:11 AM

Were you also using spot metering or matrix metering? If using spot metering you can get wildly different results. (Spot works ok on little birdies)

 

Spot Metering.

 

I understand what you're saying. i.e I understand that with a heli moving at speed across my field of view that I can spot meter and easily miss the mark. Which would result in the light meter jumping either side of the 'sweet spot' but the same thing happened with a guy that i was shooting.

This morning, I also took shots of a security guard who stands outside our office. The same thing happened. Now, as a subject he was completely still and I was braced while using spot metering, but after taking the shot again in manual mode, the settings changed on their own.

 

There's another weird quirk I might have to point out, the shutter speed seems to 'lock in' when using manual mode. Typically I might be adjusting for the proper exposure using the light meter alone to take that initial snapshot, however i might find that the shutter wont increase beyond 2000 if I step up to 4000. What I'd then do is just take a shot to reset the camera then it allows me to go up to 4000.

 

So in addition, might it be the camera that's faulty?

 

I did look up the local support, but there's no telephonic support for Nikon in South Africa.



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 09:45 AM

If your in manual mode you should be able to set your shutter speed andddd aperture to whatever the heck you want. Send it in.

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Posted 24 April 2015 - 09:56 AM

I agree with Steve, for what you have written there is a defect with your camera. Return it to be serviced.
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Posted 24 April 2015 - 01:19 PM

Uh oh!

 

I'm feeling like a little awkward here. More tinkering and observation has revealed the cause to be the Auto Bracketing!  :unsure:

 

Thanks for helping me out!



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Posted 24 April 2015 - 01:22 PM

No problem photography is a lifelong journey of exploration and learning. Mistakes teach us better than anything else. :-)
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Posted 24 April 2015 - 08:10 PM

"Slaps forehead". I've never used auto bracketing so is not even occur to me.




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