Understanding how a camera's metering system works is the key to getting a good exposure. DSLRs offer several metering modes. Some modes measure the brightness of the entire scene and some just a small spot.
Matrix / evaluative metering looks at the entire scene and uses sophisticated programming to determine what is in the scene and how best to expose it. The camera makes the right decision most of the time so this is a good every day mode.
Spot metering measures a small spot, usually in the center of the frame. In some more advanced cameras the spot is linked to the autofocus and measures at the focus point. When the primary subject is very dark or very bright and takes up only a small portion of the image, spot metering can yield more consistent results.
Partial metering is similar to spot metering but measures a somewhat larger area.
Center weighted metering measures the entire scene but applies more importance to the center of the image.
Regardless of metering mode, the metering system always assumes that what it is measuring is of medium brightness.
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