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agitater

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"RE: Blown out picture"

agitater Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007
Sun 27-Jan-13 08:27 PM | edited Sun 27-Jan-13 08:29 PM by agitater

If you spot meter a very dark area of a generally bright scene, exposure ends up being adjusted for the darker area only. That often blows out the bright areas because in order to properly expose the metered spot the brighter areas end up being lifted as well but beyond the dynamic range of the sensor or film.

Matrix metering usually makes much better use of a sensor's or a film's dynamic range because matrix is designed to find the most appropriate midpoint overall in a frame and adjust exposure on that basis.

Spot metering and area metering definitely have their uses, but it's important to judge the scene to determine whether spot or area metering is needed.

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