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Learn by Doing Photography – Metering Modes

Learn by Doing Photography – Practice your photography skills with weekly photography assignments. I will post a new assignment every Friday, you can post your pictures at the bottom of this post or on the DigitalCamFan Facebook. If you have any questions please refer to the guidelines, if you have no questions jump right in any time!

Learn by Doing Photography #33 – Metering Modes

This week we’re taking a look at metering modes. Dust off your camera manual and review the different metering modes this week. Or watch the video below by Mike Browne, which is a great tutorial talking about all the different metering modes. He talks a lot about 18% gray, center weighted metering mode, spot metering and evaluative metering modes. He covers all the bases and shows some great examples.

Amy Donovan Photography

This week is just about exploring your metering mode. Try a challenging spot where the light is not average, where there is hardly any light or a lot of contrast. I went for a sliver of light on the street and spot metered off my daughters face. You can see the sliver of light from a porch light on the side walk in the picture on the right. I had her stand right there and just turn towards the light, spot meter and took the picture.

I am so grateful my kids are always excited to try something new with me! As we were getting ready for bed last night I asked Kat if she wanted to go out front. I was going to try taking a picture under a street light, but the street lights on the street are pretty high up and I was looking for a more direct light or closer light source. The sliver of light bouncing around the car in the driveway was perfect. Thanks Kat!

My settings were 1/60 sec at f/2.8 ISO 6400 on manual

The photograph was taken with the Canon Mark III and the 50mm f/1.8

Be sure to watch the video below: