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    Low light indoors, no flash shooting.

    Hello everyone.
    Can someone tell me the best metering mode for Low light indoors, no flash shooting? Multiple, Centre weighted or Spot? Thanks.

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    Depends on what your shooting. I would go with multiple, as it would expose the entire frame best. Spot is used more for hard to meter situations, like a person in front of a bright window.
    Centerweighted is nice, I use it sometimes too, but not in this situation.
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    Do you mean SPOT if ideal for backlight situation?
    What about for the following, both NO FLASH, what metering mode works best:
    (1). in a large room with only 2 tungsten bulbs (100W) for example?
    (2). in a formal function?
    Not often that I come across such situations but I am new to photography and very keen to learn the best techniques.
    Thanks for the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim11
    Do you mean SPOT if ideal for backlight situation?
    What about for the following, both NO FLASH, what metering mode works best:
    (1). in a large room with only 2 tungsten bulbs (100W) for example?
    (2). in a formal function?
    Not often that I come across such situations but I am new to photography and very keen to learn the best techniques.
    Thanks for the reply.
    Yeah, the highkey setups, like bright, open doorways, walkways, or windows.
    I
    1. depending on the camera. I would shoot at f/1.2-f/2.8 at ISO 800-3200 as needed. I would meter with multi and watch the histogram.
    2. formal function flash will be necessary to capture people's faces and detail.
    If there is not adequate lighting, then I wouldn't expect much, without flash, even with a fast lens.
    You kinda have to work with what you got.

    What camera are you shooting with?
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    I'm trying to squeeze the best out of my Panasonic DMC-FZ20. max ISO 400, f/2.8. In fact, being new to photography, I don't really know what to expect or if my expectation is too much...

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    A monopod will help, a lot.
    Make sure you have IS on, and the right mode.
    Check your historgram for correct exposure, use exp. compensation as needed.
    US Navy--Hooyah!

    Nikon D700/D300|17-35 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, Sigmalux, 80-200 f/2.8, 16 f/2.8 fisheye,

    Lots of flashes and Honl gear.

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