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Spot Metering Mode

How Spot Metering Mode Improves Photos

Recently, I posted a photo that I took using Spot Metering Mode. The image attracted much attention from Facebook and Instagram. Many asked questions about how and when to use this metering mode. So, I decided to write a short post to explain some of the basics.

Here is the photo that I posted:

Spot Metering Mode

Spot Metering
Spot metering improves the image quality in high contrast lighting

Generally speaking, in a contrasty light situation, you can improve the image quality by just using Spot metering to capture the details on a particular part of the scene. For instance, if you take photos of a subject under intense light (such as the sun) and the background is in shadow and dark, you need to use Spot Metering.

High Contrast Light

Spot Metering on the leaf
Spot Metering on the leaf

On the other hand, if the subject is darker than the background, you should use Spot Metering again. Here is an example:

Back Light Subject

In this photo I selected Spot Metering for correct exposure
In this photo I selected Spot Metering for correct exposure

Lastly, for taking pictures of the sky, sunrise or sunset, Spot Metering maintains the exposure for the sky. Therefore, you capture the rich and saturated colours of the sky. Here is a sample:

sunset photography
Sunset image using Spot metering.

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