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  1. Lani says:

    Let me get this straight..you have your settings already done in camera and then you meter? Do you then change your settings to what the exposure indicator is telling you is properly exposed or is metering automatic? I try to make sure the exposure comp bar is set to almost 0.

  2. Jenny says:

    I think I’ve been using EVALUATIVE (the default) but I am seriously gonna make the change! Everything looks like it comes out so much better 🙂 Thanks for posting this, you have opened my eyes to a new way of thinking!

  3. […] is; how shutter speed, iso and white balance can change your photos, and we’ve talked about metering. Now…it’s time to put it all together and start shooting in […]

  4. JSS says:

    Hi Courtney, great series! Thanks for the tutorials. Just a question: Maybe this is obvious to everyone except me, but when you initially point your camera at your subject’s cheek and press half way to meter, does the camera forget the metering when you then move the camera to the subject’s eye, press, and click? Is there a metering lock to prevent it from changing when you re-focus the shot? Thanks!

  5. Lyka Ricks says:

    This is Great! You have highlighted the features of Canon and Nikon. I have learned a lot on how to do metering. I hope I get the best shots!

  6. Anna says:

    These lessons have been great. Will you be leaving these on your blog forever? Just like to have notes to refer back to.

  7. Gerty says:

    Metering is one of the last frontiers in my quest to learn how to take better photos. I will pay more attention to how I meter and thanks for telling us HOW to meter.

  8. was that friend me????!!! 🙂 because i love that you shared that with me!

    • Courtney says:

      Haha! It was! 🙂 You were the first person (besides me) who said they could see huge differences in their images right away after changing their metering mode.

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