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Getting a handle on spot metering

All digital cameras contain reflected-light, TTL-type meters that use at least one of three different types of metering ‘modes’ in order to calculate exposure, either from the entire scene, or from some specific part of it. Spot metering is excellent for dramatically capturing spotlit subjects, ensuring only the brightest area is properly exposed and letting […]

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Perfecting snow white scenes

There are few things as pretty as waking up to a fresh coating of snow and, for many of us, it’s inspiring enough to yank us out of bed very early and get us out the door quickly, cameras and a fistful of memory cards in hand. However, the pure, bright simplicity of snow can […]

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How light meters see the world

When it comes to correctly exposing a scene, it helps for you to bear in mind one crucial difference between the way that most of us see the world and how your camera meter sees it. While you’re happily experiencing and photographing the world in all of its splendid Technicolor glory, what your meter is […]

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Be bold – shoot into the sun

Pointing your camera at the sun for a shot is a condition that juxtaposes the science and art of photography perfectly.* Technically, everything about this shooting scenario is wrong: images strongly tend toward overexposure, colour detail is easily lost, and textures are rendered flat. But creative and delicate manipulation of these conditions can deliver some […]

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Fun with lens flare

A photography effect that can happen by mistake but is a great technique to understand and implement when you want it is lens flare. The sun’s rays shooting through the frame and enveloping the shot’s subjects can be so evocative, and contrary to what many people believe, isn’t down to Photoshop trickery. It’s done in-camera. […]

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Metering the dynamic range of a scene

One of the key stages in creating an HDR image is to make sure that the sequence of images you shoot captures the entire dynamic range of the original scene, so the lightest image captures a full range of tones in the shadow areas, and the darkest image doesn’t clip any of the highlight detail. […]

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Wondering how centerweighted metering works? Wonder no more!

In addition to its multiple shooting modes, your camera is very likely to offer a selection of metering patterns—the fundamental light-measuring tools that guide your camera to its suggested aperture and/or shutter speed. Most cameras will provide you with a trio of metering patterns. Knowing which to use can be the difference between being consistently […]

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