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(A reflected light meter will cause cameras to over expose black subjects and

under expose white subjects.  The camera meter wants to make the primary

subject 18% neutral gray.)

Spot meter priority subject  that needs to be properly exposed:

  • White - meter will under expose so...over expose 2 stops.

  • If light gray - meter will under expose so...over expose 1 stop.

  • If dark gray- meter will over expose  so...under expose 1 stop.

  • If black - meter will over expose so...under expose 2 stops.

If primary subject is white, best results can be achieved by metering white and

over exposing.



On newer matrix metering type cameras, shoot the matrix meter unless the

background is black.  The camera is already programmed to adjust exposure

properly for white subjects.