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Photography Basics: the No. 1 cheat sheet for metering and exposure

Canon metering modes: how to get perfectly exposed images in any situation

Wondering about how to better understand your metering modes? Check out this infographic for some clarity.

Canon metering modes: how to get perfectly exposed images in any situation

Metering mode cheat sheet: how they work and when to use them

The Metering Mode button on your camera is symbolised by an eye-shaped icon within a rectangle. Within your metering mode function you will have either three or four metering modes: spot metering, partial metering, centre-weighted metering and evaluative metering. As you will see in our latest photography cheat sheet below, each metering option measures the brightness of a scene in different ways, depending on what subject you are shooting.