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.
In this quick guide we explain how metering modes work, and how to select the best one for the job at hand.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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 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…
Measuring the brightness of the scene you’re shooting is a crucial part of getting the right exposure for your pictures. To this end, your camera has three basic metering modes to choose from which will help you measure the brightness of your scene.
The brightness of the scene can vary enormously across the picture. For instance, the sky will usually be much lighter than the foreground. As such, an average reading is needed for a scene like this.
In our latest photography cheat sheet below we’ve highlighted the three main metering modes your camera offers and explain what each of them does.