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Canon® EOS Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography by David D. Busch

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Choosing a Metering Mode

You might want to select a particular metering mode for your first shots, although the default Evaluative metering (which is set automatically when you choose a Basic Zone mode) is probably the best choice as you get to know your camera. To change metering modes, press the Metering Mode button. (It’s the “up” button on the keypad that surrounds the Set button, while using one of the Creative Zone modes.) The four directional buttons for up/down/left/right are known as the cross keys.) When the button is pressed, a screen pops up on the LCD offering four choices. Keep pressing the Metering Mode button until the choice you want is highlighted. Then press the Set button to confirm your choice.

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