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The DSLR Field Guide by Michael Freeman

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Measuring Exposure

The ability to review your images instantly using the camera’s rear LCD screen has meant that getting accurate exposure has never been so easy.

Even if you insist on using Manual rather than Auto exposure, it is still quicker to guess the settings, shoot, and check the result than to work them out carefully.

If this sounds less than conscientious, remember that another set of skills is required—judging good exposure by means of the histogram and clipped highlight warning. As with film SLRs, most cameras offer a choice of matrix/multi-pattern metering, center-weighted, and spot readings. Each has its use, but again, it is the result on the LCD display that really demands your attention.

The metering principles are largely the ...

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