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Light Metering Modes, and When to Use Them

DSLR and Film cameras don’t just have one metering mode, they usually have three or four different modes. How does one know which mode is most appropriate for any given situation?

As with most things related to photography, the answer is to know what each of these modes does. We start by understanding what a light meter does. Let’s look at what 4 of the most well-known camera metering modes do, and how you can use them.

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