Tip of the Day: Meter Made

• Centerweighted metering assumes the subject is centered in the frame. Use when the subject’s surroundings aren’t too bright or too dark to throw off the exposure, and there’s an even distribution of light and dark tones in the scene.

TTL Evaluative metering (also know as Matrix metering) is a fairly reliable method of properly exposing an entire scene. Here are two metering methods to use when you want more control over your exposure.

• Centerweighted metering assumes the subject is centered in the frame. Use when the subject’s surroundings aren’t too bright or too dark to throw off the exposure, and there’s an even distribution of light and dark tones in the scene.

• Spot metering lets you key the exposure on the most important subject in the image, or a highlight, shadow, or midtone. Use with longer telephoto lenses, subjects in tricky lighting situations, or when you want to create dramatic contrasts in light and dark.
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Adapted from Photographer's Exposure Handbook by Jack Neubart (AMPhoto, 2007, $25)_