The Importance Of Metering In Child Photography

May 25, 2010

It is really the camera’s exposure sensor – known as an exposure meter – that does the majority of the work when figuring out what exposure the camera should use when you take your photograph. It looks at the available light, decides how much light it needs for the image on the sensor, and then adjusts the aperture and shutter speed accordingly.

The kind of metering your camera is capable of will have a significant effect upon the kind of camera you will want to purchase. In order to take advantage of exposure compensation you need to be able to meter, or read, the available light accurately to begin with.

Some metering systems are better than others at metering a scene and providing the correct exposure settings in your camera. There are three basic forms of metering:

Matrix Metering System

Matrix Metering System

Again, it is always best to have at least one camera available that will give you some options when it comes to metering the light on the subject you want to shoot. In order to make sure you get the very best photographs of your children, you really need to have at least 2 cameras: a digital SLR camera and a compact digital camera.

Remember, keep taking lots and lots of photographs of your kids. You will be glad you did!

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

Betty Muscott, Child Photographer

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