...want to explain Spot Metering to me? Well, here's a background. I just recently got a film camera (gasp) because my sister decided to get married and wants me to take loads of pictures. Don't worry, I'm not the main photographer. Just taking some candids. The camera I got was Canon Elan 7E and I also got a Canon 28-135mm USM IS lense, and a Canon 50mm/1.4 USM lense. For the flash, I have a Speedlite 420EX.
So, I have been reading up anything I can get my hands on. Lot's of good info from Photo.net, btw. I just took 3 rolls in 2 days, which is a record for me. It usually takes me a month to use up a single roll with my old P&S camera. So anyway, I bought some film from Costco and all they had were some Kodak Gold Max ISO 400 film. Got the pics back. Ewww.... Talk about grainy. Then I read some reviews on the Max film... Mediocre. *sigh* Now I have like 5 rolls of this lame film. I ordered some Fuji Superia 100 and 400, so hopefully the images will turn out better.
Anyhow, The part pictures I took wasn't really the fault of the film. My pictures during the day turned out pretty nice, but the night/dark background pictures are horribly overexposed. I think it's because of the spot metering on the Canon. The camera was "fooled" by the dark background so it overcompensated and overexposed the main subjects. Does that sound right?
So my question is what is spot metering? I've been trying to read up on it and it's just not sinking in. Then there's evaluative metering and partial metering. I think my head is going to explode. Also, what does flash aperture and flash sync rate mean? How are all these related? HELP!