On the Spot

Today, I'm doing a post about an apple. Yes, apple - you know, the fruit.

I incidentally used an apple as paperweight for a photography magazine I had been reading. Spot metering was the hot topic. Suddenly, it came to me. Dark background with a dimly lit subject - perfect for a test shot. Here's the outcome.


It's as raw as it gets. No post-processing done. I've been experimenting with my entry-level SLR for about a year now and discovered that there's so much to learn about photography. It's not as simple as most people think. Good photography goes way beyond just pointing and shooting. That's what makes it very interesting.

Spot metering allowed me to capture the apple clearly and keep the background dark. It produced a nice outcome. Below are the camera settings:
  • F-stop: f/5
  • Exposure Time: 1/20 sec.
  • ISO speed: ISO-100
  • Focal length: 35 mm
  • Max Aperture: 1.6

Without spot metering, the camera would have tried to balance the lighting in the entire frame, exposing the dirty laundry hamper behind! :P Cameras are designed this way with the best intentions in mind. Most of the time, you want everything in the screen to be clearly lit and visible (that's why you're taking a photo in the first place, right?). There are cases though, when you want to chance upon a certain effect. That's where tinkering with spot metering comes in. It prevents the camera from doing its thing and forces it to expose the shot using only the light hitting the subject.

In case you're interested, the apple here sells at five for S$2.40 in Fairprice. It's delicious!

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