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Old Jun 5, 2012, 4:13 PM   #1
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Default Metering Mode

I have been reading Digital SLR Settings for Dummies and I must be really dumb! Every chapter has a camera settings index and on every type of picture in the book it says "Evaluative" next to Metering Mode. Can someone explain what this means?
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Old Jun 5, 2012, 4:20 PM   #2
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Same thing as Matrix or Mult-Segment. Basically, the camera looks at the entire frame, and decides how to meter the scene based on a number of factors. Some cameras may weight your focus point more than others, too (to help make sure what you're focused on is properly exposed, even if that may overexpose or underexpose some other parts of the scene. It all depends on the camera.

Different camera models approach it in different ways. So one camera model may tend to overexpose a scene that another camera model may underexpose. So, if you use a camera's matrix type metering mode, you'll need to learn how it behaves so you'll know if you need to use Exposure Compensation for a brighter or darker exposure in some conditions. More on that metering mode here:


Center Weighted metering tends to be the most predictable with most cameras. But, depending on the camera model, you may find that Matrix is easier to use in more conditions.
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Old Jun 5, 2012, 4:29 PM   #3
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That makes sense, thanks!
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