Perfect Digital Exposure: How to Handle Difficult Metering Situations

by Linda Eodice

Double Ascension sculpture, L.A.
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This contemporary sculpture in Los Angeles was a challenge to expose against a dark background. It's important to read the light specifically on the illuminated subject, and allow the background to stay dark. Instead of using the default evaluative metering mode, I used my camera’s center-weighted mode.

As the name suggests, this mode concentrates on reading the light in the central circle in the middle of the viewfinder. Although this metering mode takes the entire scene into consideration, the center-weighted mode puts emphasis on the central portion of the scene. It's a good choice when your subject is a relatively small part of the picture, or when it's illuminated differently than the overall scene.

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Lynne Eodice teaches Fundamentals of Great Exposure at BetterPhoto's online photography school. Her other excellent online courses include: Photography for the Weekend Warrior, Photographing Architecture: Around Town or Far Afield, and Digital Photography Basics

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