Stan­dard ways to meter for por­traits

There are var­i­ous ways To cor­rectly ex­pose your por­traits. The fol­low­ing are some of The most pop­u­lar meth­ods

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Let’s Be hon­est, with your cam­era's multi- zone me­ter­ing be­ing so reli­able, you would be for­given for tak­ing shot af­ter shot with­out check­ing your ex­po­sure. It's so easy to for­get that your cam­era can some­times get it wrong and re­quires a help­ing hand, but the sad truth is that no me­ter­ing pat­tern is in­fal­li­ble.

thank­fully there are a num­ber of meth­ods that you can use to en­sure you avoid ex­po­sure er­ror and we cover the main ones here. As well as us­ing only the cam­era's fa­cil­i­ties, we show how a cou­ple of pop­u­lar ex­po­sure aids can help es­tab­lish the cor­rect ex­po­sure. All can be re­lied upon to give good results, so give them a go and choose one that best suit your way of work­ing.

As you'll find from talk­ing to dif­fer­ent pho­tog­ra­phers, from begin­ners to ad­vanced en­thu­si­asts, every­one has their pref­er­ences. some pre­fer the speed and sim­plic­ity of tak­ing and re­view­ing a few test shots be­fore mak­ing any nec­es­sary ex­po­sure ad­just­ments, while oth­ers pre­fer to spend slightly longer to cal­cu­late the pre­cise ex­po­sure be­fore start­ing to shoot.

When us­ing the shoot and re­view method, you can use any ex­po­sure mode, al­though we rec­om­mend aper­ture- pri­or­ity mode. When us­ing ex­po­sure aids, like a light meter or grey card, you'll need to set the cam­era to man­ual mode so that you can shoot at the sug­gested ex­po­sure set­tings. Don't worry, it's eas­ier than you might think!

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