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    Am I in trouble?

    Hi guys- I was out shooting yesterday and I didn't realize that my camera was set for spot metering. (Nikon N80) I just went about shooting photos of some flowers a lighthouse and some landscapes where the meter was probably metering the sky. Will my photos be okay? Has this ever happened to you?--Patrick
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    I always have my camera (at least the ones with internal metering) on spot metering, but you have to be aware of it to use it properly.

    It will probably be hit or miss. If the subject is a midtone in the middle of the frame, then you're probably okay. If not, then maybe not. If you were shooting neg, you can do more in the darkroom than if you were shooting slides.
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    I was shooting slide.
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    If you go by the spot meters reading of sky you will get a nice blue sky... unless it was cloudy.

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    As for the flowers I shot, if the meter was pointed at the flower what would come of it?
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    In trouble? No.

    Finish the roll and have it processed. That is the only way to tell.

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    You might want to try ColorPos on the film. It's from the guy who makes ColorNeg. I gave my F601 to a budding little photog (9 yrs old) with some old FujiChrome 100 in it. When I got it back, I went "Oh Well" until I scanned it. Most of the shots she made without the flash came to life with ColorPos+raw scans. I was impressed as I mostly shoot negs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektagraphic View Post
    As for the flowers I shot, if the meter was pointed at the flower what would come of it?
    Then it would be properly exposed :P

    If the meter was picking up the sky, then you may have the detail in the slide still, just underexposed.

    I've accidentally underexposed a few frames of Kodachrome about 2.5 stops, and while it projected badly, it scanned with all the detail.
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    Yes, your exposures are in trouble, unless a near-mid tone was in the very center of every composition.

    What the hell is "shooting slide"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2F/2F View Post
    What the hell is "shooting slide"?
    Placing slides standing on the edge along a fence. Please verify that nothing living or important is in the background.

    Back off about 50 feet [~15 meters]

    Take a pistol, aim it at the first slide, pull the trigger slowly. When a hole appears in the slide, repeat the process with the next slide until all the slides have been shot or you are out of ammunition.

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