Discover the key camera settings that enable you to set and override the metering system
METERING MODE Pattern metering is set by default in the automatic or scene modes. To change the metering mode, you need to be in the semi-automatic or manual exposure modes.
HISTOGRAM Don’t trust the image on the rear screen – use the
playback histogram to help judge the exposure more accurately. In Live View mode, you’ll be able to call up a real-time histogram too.
COMPENSATION You can use exposure compensation to correct exposure problems. (See the opposite page.) Some cameras let you dial this in directly; others require a button press first.
DYNAMIC RANGE Your camera might not be able to hold detail throughout the scene if the difference between the highlights and shadows is extreme, such as in strongly backlit shots like this one.