Great stuff Chris, thanks for the very detailed reply. Very helpful indeed.
>As suggested in another post here, when in matrix metering >mode, the camera can employ Nikon's very sophisticated scene >recognition system to compare your scene to an internal >database and deliver its own compensated solution.
When you say the Camera CAN employ Nikon's scene recognition system, does that mean that this function can be switched on/off? Or is it just an inherent part of the matrix metering mode algorithm?
>If you want to stay in automatic exposure mode and are not >using matrix metering, there may be a higher probability that >you will want to use the compensation dial, but knowing that >you can also adjust exposure in post processing, you may >decide that exposure compensation at capture isn't necessary. >In post processing you can also adjust mid-tones, shadows, and >highlights separately.
Yes, I think the best thing for me to do is to do some exposure tests while I'm out shooting then see what I can (and can't) do with the files in post processing afterwards. I don't have a lot of experience with post processing at the minute so my tendency is to try and get an exposure that looks correct straight out of the camera.
>There are many routes to the "right" exposure both >before and after the shutter is pressed. It takes study and >experience to know what you want to do and even then, there >may be trial and error. Fortunately, experimenting is fun.
Great summary and, you're right, the fun part is experimenting