Ex­po­sure me­ter­ing

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Try cen­tre-weighted me­ter­ing

Nikon’s Ma­trix me­ter­ing sys­tem is su­per­so­phis­ti­cated, so why would you want old-fash­ioned cen­tre-weighted me­ter­ing? It’s be­cause Ma­trix me­ter­ing mode tries to in­ter­pret each scene, so it’s hard to guess what it’s go­ing to do. Cen­tre-weighted me­ter­ing is less com­plex, and so eas­ier to pre­dict.

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Be More av­er­age

All Nikons of­fer cen­tre-weighted me­ter­ing, but what hap­pened to av­er­aged me­ter­ing, where the light across the scene is av­er­aged out? It sounds crude, but it’s of­ten eas­ier to in­ter­pret. Well, on pro-level Nikons you can cus­tomise the cen­treweighted area to pro­duce a fully av­er­aged read­ing.

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Se­lect the right Spot

Spot me­ter­ing is use­ful for tak­ing ex­po­sure read­ings from a small area of the scene, but do you know which area? With Nikons the spot read­ing is taken from the cur­rently se­lected AF point, so pick it with care. (If you’re us­ing Auto Area AF, spot read­ings are taken from the cen­tre of the frame.)

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