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Photography Tip – How to use a Grey Card


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  1. I'll have to try your tip; using the gray card to set the exposure when shooting in manual.
    The way that I learned how to use a gray card was use it to set the white balance. It just gets better and better!
    I have a set of 3 plastic cards to adjust the white balance. It comes in handy in difficult lighting conditions; like if there is a mixture of light sources, like daylight and incandescent or fluorescent (or whatever).
    Once again, thanks!

  2. Referenced by Nikonistas Spain. Congratulations.

  3. I'm sorry but really laughed at that random shot of Lawrence at 1:26. So unexpected hahaha. Great tutorial, though

  4. Filmaciones Johana

    ??? take pictures jpg o raw

  5. Helpful, thanks. 

  6. What mode were you in when you took the reading prior to switching to M mode?

  7. great vid

  8. Yes – it doesn't matter which metering mode you use when metering from a grey card.

  9. What about the spot and the multi-selector metering mode? Couldn't they be used?

  10. Lymington, and yes i do

  11. Thank you 🙂

  12. You are amazing and the way you teach, makes is engrossing but fun
    . I am in Dubai, UAE and I am interested in composition videos and courses…
    My email is bkarthikprasad@gmail.com

  13. Interesting and informative video. But with all the digital aids for getting exposure correct (histograms and the like) these seem a bit redundant. As for white balance I'm not so much concerned with perfect colour as I am with what looks good and sets the mood so I just tweak with it in Lightroom even if it's already correct. A keychain sized gray card for white balance would be handy though.

  14. Just wanted to say I watch and learn a lot from your vids and thank your for taking time out to help people like me on youtube….your awesome

  15. No worries 🙂

  16. Yes you will. The polariser cuts light but because the camera is metering through it it'll be metering the light entering the lens and the exposure will be OK

  17. Thank you

  18. nice video, i enjoyed it 🙂

  19. Thank you. For a client always RAW. For 'happy snaps' at a BBQ which won't go further than Facebook then Jpeg because I won't have to process them

  20. Hi Mike,

    I really enjoy watching your videos, they are really helpful. I just want to ask one thing, do you prefer to shoot in raw format or in jpeg. Thanks!

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