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Earthbound Light: Manual Metering Doesn't Have to Mean Using a Gray Card
If left to their own devices, modern cameras generally do a reasonable job of metering automatically - so much so that many photographers never learn to meter manually for situations where they want to take full control of exposure. Those who do try often stop at simplistic techniques requiring the use of a gray card that may work well in theory but rarely do in practice, at least not for shooting landscapes. Here are some tips on making manual metering work in the outdoors....