Quote Originally Posted by hanaa
The model is a Mamiya Sekor 1000 DTL. What exactly does spot or averaging metering mean? Sorry if that seems to be a stupid question. but i'm still learning.
Spot metering means that only a small portion of the frame is metered. This portion is within the marked brackets at the bottom of the view finder. You meter on the main subject and then recompose the frame before taking the picture. In averaging mode all the frame is metered. Averaging can cause problems with backlighted subjects or scenes with lots of sky. In such cases spot metering is better.