Quote Originally Posted by GarageBoy View Post
Okay, I know that you can use a spot meter to place values, but a center weighted meter pretty much evaluates the whole scene and averages for the value at the center. So with that information, how do I learn how much compensation I must apply for certain situations?

Example: backlit portrait, I know I'll need to open up (and with a spot meter, I would meter the face and open up 1 stop), but how much/how do I determine how much?

Experience is the short answer. Shoot and print. Shoot and print. Shoot and print.

For the back lit portrait I'd just move up close to the subject to meter so that the only thing in the frame is the subject then open up like with a spot meter.

Another option is using the sky as a reference point for the direct camera setting.