Strong backlighting conditions are where the amount of light on the background is far more intense thanthe amount of light on the foreground area. This usually happens when you shoot a subject indoors, with a brightly lit outdoor background.Ideal lighting conditions are where there is a similar amount of light illuminating both the backgroundand foreground. Ideal lighting is where the camera¶s multi-segment metering does a good job.
Nikon calls it Spot Metering, while Canon calls it Partial Metering. For pinpoint control on the area for which the camera measures brightness, use spot metering if it¶s available. This metering system only samples a very small point within the photo (usually in the center) instead of several areas. You can pressthe shutter release halfway to meter the desired area, hold the AE lock button, and then re-frame the shot.Photo captured by Radu Stanescu Alternatively, take an exposure reading with spot metering, note the aperture and shutter speed, andswitch to manual exposure mode. This enables you to focus on a subject which isn¶t what you measuredthe exposure on.
Center Weighted Metering