What do you use AEL for on a camera

Discussion in 'Photography Techniques' started by biglouis, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. biglouis

    biglouis Veteran

    Aug 4, 2013
    OK, I know this is an incredibly naive question for someone who feels they are a power user of digital technology but the one feature on all my digital cameras I do not understand is the AEL button.

    What exactly does this do and how does it differ from pressing the shutter halfway down to lock focus?

    I'm worried that I am missing something important even though this absence of knowledge does not seem to be limiting my creativity.

    Any help, much appreciated.

  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
  3. biglouis

    biglouis Veteran

    Aug 4, 2013
    Thanks, so much. That is the first real explanation I've seen. I've set all my cameras so the AEL button locks exposure until I toggle it off.

  4. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    I've "known" what it does if I think about it, but I literally have never used it in over 20k shots on the X100, not once. I set the center box on the area I want to meter on, then reframe and shoot. And if (as the article mentions) that meter spot isn't the right focus distance, I use the EV comp dial to brighten or darken the shot to where I want it.

    One of the two always gets me there. But I really should use it... I have it.