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Getaway (South Africa) - - PHOTOGRAPHY -

Me­ter­ing: What is it? And how do you choose the right mode for your shot?

In­side your cam­era is a light meter that reads the bright­ness of a scene by di­vid­ing the frame into sec­tions and eval­u­at­ing the light lev­els in each. You can con­trol which ar­eas of the frame it takes the read­ing from by se­lect­ing the suit­able mode. Most cam­eras have three op­tions: Spot me­ter­ing The meter reads only the sec­tion where your fo­cus point is set. This is good for cor­rectly ex­pos­ing sub­jects in high-con­trast scenes. Centre-weighted me­ter­ing Here, pref­er­ence is given to the cen­tral sec­tions of your frame, ig­nor­ing the outer ones. It’s good for close-up por­traits and crowds. Ma­trix/eval­u­a­tive me­ter­ing The meter takes a read­ing from all the frames and gives you the best aver­age ex­po­sure. You can fur­ther in­crease the con­trast of a sil­hou­ette in this mode (*see set­tings on page 31), by de­creas­ing the over­all ex­po­sure man­u­ally (use the ex­po­sure com­pen­sa­tion func­tion) un­til you’re sat­is­fied.

the was used to read Spot me­ter­ing gi­raf­feonly, in­stead ex­po­sure of the too of the sunny back­ground

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