Getting better exposures: handheld light meter vs camera metering

Getting better exposures: Handheld light meter vs camera metering

Why would you use a handheld light meter when your DSLR has a metering system built in? Because Incident light readings can make light work of tricky subjects.

How to spot meter: an easy guide to measuring precise exposures

A step-by-step guide to accurate spot metering: step 3

Knowing when to switch to spot metering can give you a big advantage when shooting in difficult lighting conditions. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to spot meter in these situations to achieve the most precise exposures possible.

Which metering mode should you use?

Which metering mode should you use? The simplest guide yet

In this quick guide we explain how metering modes work, and how to select the best one for the job at hand.

Nikon metering patterns: what are matrix, centre-weighted and spot modes?

Nikon metering patterns: what are matrix, centre-weighted and spot modes (and when should you use them)?

What are Nikon’s matrix, centre-weighted and spot metering modes (and when should you use them)? In this quick tutorial written by our friends at the Nikon magazine N-Photo you’ll find out everything you need to know about Nikon metering patterns.

How to take an exposure reading on your digital camera

How to nail exposure with spot metering in tricking conditions: Step 1

Even for experienced photographers, the subject of metering and how to take an exposure reading can be confusing, but the basics are easy to get to grips with…

Canon metering modes: how to get perfectly exposed images in any situation

Canon metering modes: how to get perfectly exposed images in any situation

Keep asking yourself what metering mode to use? Discover how to master metering to get perfectly exposed images in every situation. Here, with some help from our friends at the Canon magazine PhotoPlus, we show you what metering mode to use on your Canon DSLR.

Camera metering techniques: how to get the best image quality from your DSLR

Camera metering techniques: how to get the best image quality from your camera

When it comes to getting the best image quality from your camera, metering is one of the most crucial ingredients. In this tutorial we explain a series of camera metering techniques designed to give you the most accurate exposure possible.

Canon Tips: what’s the best metering mode to use with autofocus?

Metering Modes & Midtones: how to ensure an accurate reading

Want to learn how to get more out of your Canon DSLR? Find out how to use your camera’s metering modes so you can get better results when using the Auto Focus setting.

Midtones and Metering Modes: how to ensure an accurate reading

Metering Modes & Midtones: how to ensure an accurate reading

When photographers talk about ‘taking a reading’ or ‘metering a subject’, they’re usually talking about taking a Spot or Partial meter reading from a specific area in a scene and locking the exposure in. This guarantees that the subject you’re metering for will be exposed correctly.

Spot metering: how to find the right area within a scene

Spot Metering: how to find the right area within a scene

Spot metering mode is great for precise exposure readings, and can be a godsend when you’re shooting in tricky light. But the skill lies in deciding which part of the scene to take the reading from in the first place. Practice makes perfect, so try this exercise and see how you do…