Thanks for the compliments, fellas. Logistically, a lot of stuff went wrong on this shoot, so I was glad to be able to salvage some decent shots.
as for metering i stopped using evaluative on the 5D2 and the 5D3
I always use spot metering and get a quick meter from the center of the frame of the part of the scene i want to use as my exposure control point and set my shutter speed in manual accordingly, I've stopped shooting in AV or Tv as I find this method is quicker than bothering with changing exposure compensation on the fly
just remember that unless using a 1D its only metering from the center not from your selected af point so on the 5Dmk3 check you exposure first on the center frame, then compose and shoot.
Thanks for the tip. I have the luxury of manually focusing on most of my shots. Since there are no AF points in that situation, I'm presume the camera just meters the entire scene and not from the center point?
As you know the 5d3 has the same 63zone metering system as the 7D. I have two 7D's and both nearly always needed +1 exp comp in both ambient and ttl flash, especially for portraits. I got used to it so It's not much of a problem for me know I have a 5dmk3 also.
I must admit it would be nice if the metering was a bit more accurate, however I like the sound of the spot metering idea then recomposing I might give that a whirl and see how I get on.
Great info! I definitely need to refine my technique to adapt to the 5DIII. While in the field, I couldn't figure out if the metering wasn't what I was accustomed to, or if the screen display was set too dark. The screen on the 5DC is so bad, I rarely rely on it to judge exposure. The 5DIII, however, is another beast entirely
In the worst case scenario, I'll just train my brain to treat a +1 reading on the light meter as "0."
First I must say that I love the shots and my comment is purely from a personal point of view. From the above samples it looks to ME like the photos are sligthly over exposed - but it works and it gives a great feel to the pics. Could the exposure compensation on your side maybe be because of your personal taste? This said... if I say the pics looks slightly overexposed, it is definately not by a full stop - more like 2/3rds.
The monitor on my desktop is calibrated, and on it the exposures look fine. The images do look slightly over exposed on my laptop, however, which has one of those stupid glossy screens and hasn't been calibrated for quite some time. That said, I have gotten into the habit of slightly overexposing. Many of my clients use very poor quality paper and ink, and the images tend to print darker than what I submit to them.