step by step Tricks to cope with awk­ward sub­jects

There’s no ‘right’ way to use your cam­era’s ex­po­sure sys­tem, but here are some strate­gies we use on N-Photo

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Con­trast­ing back­grounds

Dark back­grounds can help your sub­ject stand out but will con­fuse the me­ter. Cen­tre-weighted or spot mode is likely to give a more re­li­able re­sult than ma­trix me­ter­ing.

Over­ex­posed skies

Ma­trix me­ter­ing can leave skies above land­scapes over­ex­posed. If that hap­pens, tilt the cam­era slightly up­wards, lock the ex­po­sure, re­frame and shoot.

Grey snow and ice

This isn’t the cam­era’s fault – it doesn’t know snow is meant to be white! The so­lu­tion is to ap­ply an EV com­pen­sa­tion ad­just­ment of +1 to +1.7EV.

Pools of light

The most in­ter­est­ing light­ing is of­ten the trick­i­est for me­ter read­ings. But where the il­lu­mi­na­tion is con­stant, you can take a spot read­ing in M mode and stick to it.

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