Metering Modes

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  1. Tim

    Tim Member

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    Ok I realise this is a very important issue with photography.
    But I am having alot of trouble understanding metering.

    What should I know about metering, and where can I learn?

    Also, just how important is it to get metering right?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Ben Stafford

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    Metering tells the camera how bright or dark the image subject is. From the metering data, the camera determines shutter speed, aperture setting, etc. in order to get the exposure right.

    Most people probably never change the default metering mode on a camera, which is often an "evaluative" mode that examines the entire frame. Other common options are center-weighted (the center of the frame is weighted heavier in exposure determination) and spot metering (a tightly defined spot in the middle of the frame).

    Probably the best way to learn is to try the different options on a particular subject. For example, many portrait photographers will use a spot metering mode to make sure the exposure on their subjects face is correct. If metering is left on evaluative (or pattern) mode, the rest of the items in the frame may change the exposure on the subject's face.
     
  3. Jessica

    Jessica Well-Known Member

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    Can you use spot metering for landscape shots?
    I imagine no because landscape needs a broad focus.

    What metering would be used in that situation?
     
  4. Mike22

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    Great explanation!
    I have been reading about this myself, wanting to get it right.
    Thanks for explaining it in plain english :)
     
  5. Tim

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    Thank you Ben and J. Keenan, phew this is starting to make sense now.
    Now I need to experiment, I will try and post some results here :)
     
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