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Photography 101 - Tips and Editing Techniques

18 % Reflectance

I have to see it, and do it to actually get it. If you learn visually like I do then maybe this will explain the meter  a little better.

Here is a visual of what your camera sees when looking at a scene made up of mostly snow.  Apparently a histogram is important!  Check out this visual from the cameras view point shot at f stop 8 / ISO 100 / shutter speed 1600 metered off exactly what the camera saw as middle gray:

Now if I open up 2 stops  the shutter speed is now @400! Add light to light

When your meter is presented with black or white it freaks out a bit thinking way too much! For instance in the picture above I want the snow to be white when I look at the histogram it says white.

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