How to set your camera’s metering modes
Use our quick guide to master your DSLR’s advanced metering settings
Evaluative (or Matrix)
Many cameras lock or at least bias the metering setting at the moment when autofocus is achieved, so beware when focusing on particularly light or dark objects in a scene and then recomposing the frame. Take a subsequent reading if necessary.
This is a good choice for high-contrast scenes, because it allows you to lock the exposure value to correlate with a specific area. You may still need to apply a little exposure compensation for perfect results.
In this metering mode, a light reading is taken from only a tiny point in a scene, so it can be tricky to use. It’s usually best practice to take readings from several points in a scene and to average out the readings to attain the best overall exposure setting.
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