Perfect Digital Exposure: How to Handle Difficult Metering Situations

by Linda Eodice

Double Ascension sculpture, L.A.
Double Ascension sculpture, L.A.
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This contemporary sculpture in Los Angeles was a challenge to expose against a dark background. It's important to read the light specifically on the illuminated subject, and allow the background to stay dark. Instead of using the default evaluative metering mode, I used my camera’s center-weighted mode.

As the name suggests, this mode concentrates on reading the light in the central circle in the middle of the viewfinder. Although this metering mode takes the entire scene into consideration, the center-weighted mode puts emphasis on the central portion of the scene. It's a good choice when your subject is a relatively small part of the picture, or when it's illuminated differently than the overall scene.

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Lynne Eodice teaches Fundamentals of Great Exposure at BetterPhoto's online photography school. Her other excellent online courses include: Photography for the Weekend Warrior, Photographing Architecture: Around Town or Far Afield, and Digital Photography Basics

About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Linda Eodice
Photography Instructor: Linda EodiceThe author of Photos That Inspire, Lynne Eodice teaches a number of excellent online classes for (see the current course listing below.) She is also the former Feature Editor for Petersen’s PHOTOgraphic.

A native of Southern California, Lynne was educated at Pasadena City College and Cal Poly Pomona. Her love of photography began after her husband gave her a 35mm SLR as an anniversary gift. She began her career as a feature writer & photographer for local newspapers that included Pasadena Weekly and The Herald Tribune.

Besides having articles and photos published regularly in PHOTOgraphic, she has contributed to Rangefinder, Digital Photographer and California Tour & Travel, as well as PHOTOgraphic’s Buyer’s Guide, Big Book of Photography and Family Photo magazines. Her images have appeared in a popular instructional book called The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography, and she has marketed her stock photos through Index Stock Imagery in New York.

Lynne has exhibited her fine-art scenic photography at Kolb Studio and the visitor’s center at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona, at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, California, and at venues throughout the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, she has taught many classes, seminars and workshops.

In the fall of 2007, she was honored as one of the Women Achievers in the San Gabriel Valley in Business Life magazine.

Lynne currently lives with her husband, Dennis and their dog, Chiquita in Altadena, California.