Understanding Camera Metering, Part 2

By Jason Fitzpatrick on January 7th, 2013

Last week we shared a great introduction to understanding camera metering (and improving your photos by doing so), now we’re back with the second half of the guide.

Photographer Ming Thein wraps up his guide on camera metering with part 2, a just as interesting look at how your camera functions as part 1. He writes:

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, meters function by averaging the entire evaluated area out to middle gray; this means if your evaluated area is meant to be black or white, you’re going to need to add or subtract some exposure compensation. For predominantly light/ white scenes, you need to add; for dark scenes, subtract.

Hit up the link below to read the rest of his great metering guide.

Understanding Metering, Part Two: What to Use, When [Ming Thein]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 01/7/13
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