A Guide to Each Metering Mode on Your Camera
General Metering – Your DSLR will have a number of metering modes that at first glance can seem a little confusing and overwhelming. Which do you use and when?
It is so important NOT to delete images that you think are under or over exposed when reviewing on your cameras LCD screen. The amount of times that I have saved a shot later on using Photoshop is incredible; some of them have even ended up being some of my favourite shots. Of course, shooting RAW and the extra latitude for error that it gives can save you many times when exposures go wrong.
The shot below was well underexposed at a wedding shoot due to the exhausted batteries in a speedlight giving up! I did get two shots either side of this one, but as luck would have it, this was the best.
Metering and Exposure
It all takes practice with all the general metering settings on your camera to find which one suits you for each shoot. Before I go into finer details about capturing an image, here is a quick run down of each metering mode that your camera may have. We go into finer details on the following pages:
- Center-weighted Average