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While trying to answer this, I realized there is no answer. Most of the times I use Spot meteting with AE-L because it makes a lot of sense. I point the camera where I want to meter the mid-tone (actually I do that with highlights and EC+3 most of the time but the idea is the same) and then lock the exposure in order to compose my image the way I want to. ...


Short answer: what you want to do is to switch to spot metering mode, place the face of your subject in the exact center of the frame (no need to zoom in unless the subject's face is really small in the picture), press exposure lock, reframe and take the shot - now the subject will be properly expose and the background will be over-exposed. Longer ...


Most advanced cameras allow you to separate exposure and/or focus lock from a half press of the shutter button to allow each photographer to choose how and when focus and exposure are locked for a given composition. Even what happens by default in the camera's "factory" settings will often vary based on what shooting modes in terms of exposure and focus are ...


Either of these approaches will work fine. You should use whichever works more naturally for you. With the spot metering approach, what you're doing is looking for something which has the tone which you would like to make the middle/neutral key for the image. That's what the metering system does. If you want the object you meter from to be brighter or ...


Use "auto exposure lock" - which is the button marked "AE-L" on the back of your camera - whenever your subject starts to move somewhere that could cause a change in exposure. This video explains how to use exposure locking on the D7000 - Nikon D7000 Tutorial: Using the exposure lock setting.


You use spot metering with AE lock when you are faced with a high-contrast scene that may confuse the metering system and want to expose for a particular point in the scene. An obvious example is a backlit subject that is away from the center of the picture you want to take. This technique is also highly useful for shooting with the Zone System. Spot ...


This answer will be for the wrong camera, but it might just help you find the information you are looking for. As @ElendilTheTall suggested this is a very subjective question, so I will just attempt to shed some light on how the system works. With the right info anyone with any camera can go out and check it out on their own. According to my 5D MkII manual: ...

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