Are you frustrated by your images being too bright or too dark? Let me explain the metering modes then.
All these metering modes take readings from different parts/proportions of the image and set the camera exposure accordingly.
There are three main types of metering mode available in digital cameras:
- Multi-zone metering(or Matrix)
- Centre-weighted metering
- Spot metering
Multi-zone metering (or Matrix) – is the default metering mode on many cameras. It takes readings from zones covering the entire image.
This mode produces well balanced exposures in most situations, especially when the subject is a midtone. It automatically adjusts exposure in difficult lighting situations.
Centre-weighted metering – this mode takes reading from the entire image, but concentrates on on around 60-80% of the frame around the centre.
This metering mode is less likely to be influenced by very dark or very bright areas and it gives quite predictable results.
Spot metering – this mode takes reading from only 1-5% of the frame. It offers more accurate reading than other metering modes as it is not influenced by darker or brighter areas in the frame.
NOTE: Not every camera is equipped in Spot metering mode, even not every DSLR camera.