One of the most frequently asked questions is: "Is a handheld exposure meter still necessary at all for digital photography? My camera is capable of matrix metering, center-weighted metering and spot metering - what more could I possibly need? I see the image results immediately at my display and in the histogram, and I correct exposure there. If necessary, I get rid of any image recording flaws later at my PC with image processing software. Why should I work with a museum piece like the one my grandfather used?"
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For years, camera-integrated exposure meters have been the standard
also in professional cameras. Thanks to innovations like matrix metering
and pre-flash function to measure the reflection properties, the
current TTL metering systems (TTL = through the lens) are perfectly
suited to obtain good exposure, especially for dynamic motifs. The success
rate is quite high and deviations can easily be corrected with digital
retouching, though this causes a loss in quality.
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