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Old Jun 23, 2009, 11:50 AM   #1
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Default When do you use spot and multisegment

metering, under what circumstances, and which do you use most frequently? Thanks.

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Old Jun 23, 2009, 12:33 PM   #2
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Spot and Multisegment are the extreme ends of what's possible. I generally use Center Weighted, which is a combination of the two you mentioned.

Spot is when you want to shot a subject that is backlit, and you don't want a silhouette. (This is an extreme example, of course, but it illustrates the use of spot as the method of using a small portion of the image to set the exposure values for the entire image.)

Multisegment is when there is no one particular area of hte image that should influence the exposure any more than any other area. This is most useful for landscape and group photos and just general purpose use.

Remember that typically, Spot, Center Weighted, and Multisegment will all present the same exposure values. It's only when they present different exposure values that it's important which one you use.
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