Me­ter like a Master

Chris Rut­ter ex­plores how and when to use your Nikon’s dif­fer­ent me­ter­ing op­tions

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Ex­plore your Nikon’s me­ter­ing modes, and dis­cover when to use each one

Your Nikon D-SLR is de­signed to read light lev­els in a scene and cal­cu­late the ex­po­sure set­tings re­quired – in other words, me­ter­ing. And ev­ery Nikon D-SLR has a choice of me­ter­ing sys­tems avail­able, be­cause some­times you want to con­sider a whole scene and at other times you only want to take the light in part of it into ac­count. Along with Nikon’s de­fault 3D ma­trix me­ter­ing, which can be thought of as ‘av­er­age’ me­ter­ing, there are two other main me­ter­ing modes, ‘cen­tre-weighted’ and ‘spot’. Both can help you get more ac­cu­rate ex­po­sures in dif­fer­ent light­ing sit­u­a­tions. Th­ese three modes dif­fer in the ar­eas they cover and the way that they mea­sure the light across the im­age. Al­low us to ex­plain…

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