Part 2 on metering deals with how different meter patterns determine exposure, and how to take advantage of them.
Originally posted on Ming Thein | Photographer:
In part one we examined why metering is important, and how the basics of how meters work. In today’s article, I’ll take a closer look at the different types of metering, how they differ, and under what situations they should be deployed.
A sample viewfinder – in this case, a rough representation of the Nikon D2H/ D2X finder.
With that background out of the way, let’s look at how the various metering options work, and what typical situations they might best be deployed under. Cameras typically have three options, or some variation upon that. Within these options, it’s also usually possible to fine tune various aspects of the meter’s operation. I’m going to leave out handheld meter operation since this is something that’s almost never encountered today. An important point to note is that all meters can be fooled by situations of uniform luminance, so don’t trust the readout blindly. Remember…
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