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How do I apply this?

Another great question. The eyeball fills the screen. Use matrix metering.

The hand fills about half the screen. Choose center weighted.

And the bird is pretty tiny. Use spot metering.

This becomes most important when your subject is much brighter or darker than the background.

And that’s almost always when you’re shooting your toddlers and the sportsmen in your family. That’s why they’re invariably too bright or too dark in your pictures.

Practice using different metering settings to familiarize yourself with what works best in which situation. Your camera will expose automatically, but will not always be optimal. The decisions you make will transform your pictures from snapshots into professional looking photographs.

Quite frankly I prefer to shoot in manual mode any time I have a single important subject and when I want to bracket a picture. I find it impossible to use spot metering with a DSLR. Without being able to see the exposure before I shoot the end result is never what I want.

Manual mode is slightly more advanced but it is well worth learning and using for most of your picture taking experiences. Click here for easy steps to magnificent results in manual mode.

If you have a point & shoot camera, practice looking at the screen as you line up your picture in center weighted and spot metering. You will see what I mean.

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