Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding metering modes and switching between them, part of Learning the Nikon D600 and D610.
- In order to get a good exposure,…you need to ensure that your camera…can accurately meter the scene.…Now, most of the time, your camera…will be able to get it right,…but you can switch metering modes…to help the camera out in tricky lighting situations.…The most common method that you'll use is matrix metering.…This will produce fairly natural results in most situations.…Matrix metering divides your scene into a grid…and then measures each of the grid squares…and averages out the value to come up…with an overall exposure setting.…The camera does consider the overall total distribution…of the entire scene, as well as the composition.…
With newer lenses, the camera can actually…analyze a distance as well to help…factor out the right exposure value.…The center-weighted option is going…to take a look at the entire frame,…but gives greater emphasis to the center area.…This is useful if you're shooting portraits,…particularly if there's a lot…of backlight behind your subject.…If you want to get very specific,…you can use the spot option, which is going…
Want to get up and running even faster? Check out the "Quick Start" chapter to learn how to use your D600 or D610 straight out of the box.
- Powering up and shooting with the scene modes
- Reviewing the lens controls
- Changing image format and size
- Adjusting ISO and exposure compensations
- Using Flexible Program mode
- Shooting in continuous low-speed, high-speed, and quiet-shutter-release modes
- Switching between metering modes
- Shooting with flash
- Shooting video
Skill Level Beginner
1. Quick Start
2. A Closer Look
3. Shooting in Programmed Auto Mode
4. Exploring Autofocus
5. Understanding Shutter-Release Modes
6. Understanding Exposure Controls
7. Beyond the Basics
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