Metering for Macro


For macro photography, what is the best metering pattern you would use? I am stuck between various modes and I do not know if I am right.
Divakar Banerjee, via email

This article was originally published in February 2015.

By and large, Evaluative/Matrix metering works fine. But in a situation where you are shooting something really small, like a butterfly or a drop of water, against a darker or lighter background, the Evaluative metering mode of your camera may get fooled and may overexpose or underexpose the image. In such cases, it is advisable to switch to Centre Weighted or Spot metering mode. You can also try bracketing your exposure to ensure that one of your frames is perfectly exposed. Also, capturing your shots in RAW lets you adjust the image to a greater degree after you shoot.

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