I finally accepted camera metering systems are past their use-by-date

Rod Lawton with camera
(Image credit: Future)

I’ve spent years writing about camera metering systems, their pros and cons, how they work and which one to use. There’s a lot to talk about. There’s multi-segment metering, center-weighted metering, averaged metering, and even Canon’s Partial Metering.

But then I stood back and realized I don’t use any of these myself. Instead, I rely on my camera’s digital display, the histogram and some rather obvious common sense.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at fotovolo.com but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at lifeafterphotoshop.com