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Problem with D7000 spot metering and SB700

SarahJeanIris

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SarahJeanIris Registered since 28th Dec 2013
Sat 28-Dec-13 10:32 PM

When using my SB700 with my D7000 at night indoors I have been having trouble getting ambient light in the background of my shots to be as bright as I would like it to be. For example, natural light such as candles, chandeliers and twinkle lights end up looking dimmer than I would like them to. To solve this problem and be able to preserve the ambient light better I would like to use spot metering instead of matrix metering to meter for the ambient light and then use fill flash to fill in my subjects. I have used spot metering without my SB700 and achieved great results and have been able to make ambient light appear as dim or as bright as I would like it to be. However, when using spot metering with my SB700 I don't see the same results. No matter what part of the room (the brightest spot or darkest corner) I meter for, the brightness of the ambient light doesn't change at all. Am I missing something? I'm using aperture mode with the slowest shutter speed and highest ISO that I'm comfortable with to still stop motion and get high quality images. I have my SB700 on TTL mode. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Sarah

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