Lighting up the stage with spot metering

If your camera has a spot-meter mode, your budding performers in the spotlight have a fighting chance against a dark backdrop. As noted earlier in this chapter, your camera generally gauges the brightness of the scene by averaging the light across the entire framea recipe for disaster when you're shooting the stage.

Spot metering, however, lets you designate a particular spot in the scene whose brightness you want the camera to measure. (You indicate what spot that is by positioning a frame marker that appears in the center of the frame.) Point the spot-metering area at the brightly lit performers; try to position it on faces rather than costumes, especially if the latter are very dark, light, or glittery. The camera then sets the exposure on your subjects instead of on the vast expanse of the dimly lit set.

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