Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Why are there different metering modes?, part of Photography Foundations: Exposure (part 1).
- Throughout this course, I've been referring…to your camera's light meter.…In fact, your camera actually kind of has…several different meters, it's actually only got one,…but it can work in several different modes.…Most cameras these days have something called a matrix mode,…it's sometimes called an evaluative mode,…or a multi segment mode.…Your camera will tell you what it's called.…These meters work by taking a scene…and dividing it up into a bunch of little grids.…Each cell in the grid is then metered,…and all of that is averaged together…to come up with a good overall metering.…Now, when I say averaged, it's much more complex…than just assigning a number to each cell,…and then averaging them.…
Metering modes go through lots of complex calculations…based on what the auto focus is telling it…that the subject of the image is.…Or based on the distance to your subject.…Some cameras actually have libraries…of little images that are similar,…that are exposed properly, so I can look those up…as a reference.…Metering modes are an incredibly advanced technology…
Note: This course is designed to work with any digital camera, but it is easier to follow along using a digital SLR or mirrorless camera.
- What is exposure?
- Modern camera anatomy
- Shutter, aperture, and ISO
- Light metering
- Changing shutter speed and aperture
- Exposure compensation
- Light meters
Skill Level Beginner
Learning Natural Light Portrait Photographywith Chris Orwig2h 30m Intermediate
A word about camera brands3m 19s
1. Exposure Fundamentals
2. Camera Anatomy
3. Basic Metering and Exposing
4. Dynamic Range
5. Exposure Compensation
6. Light Meters and Autofocus
Where to go next3m 34s
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