What is metering?

Metering is the process of reading the lighting conditions before taking a photograph. This is where shutter speed, aperture, and ISO all come into play. You can change your settings according to the light reading of a handheld light meter or the built-in light meter of your camera (if it has one).

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Different conditions will affect the way you take photos. If it’s sunny outside, you might want to consider closing the aperture a bit or cranking up your shutter speed. If it’s a bit gloomy or cloudy, you can open up your aperture or lower your shutter speed.

The best way to be accurate when it comes to metering is by using a device as stated earlier, however, you can also familiarize yourself with the Sunny 16 rule so you can take well-exposed photos even without a light meter.

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