Improve your smartphone photography: What is metering?

Digging through our viewer mailbag, we got a question about photography.

Does your OP3 over expose & blow out areas not in focus when u tap to focus?
-TGC

Have you ever focused a phone camera at an object and then produced a photo which was way too bright or too dark? We’ve gotten several questions about this “bug” on various smartphone cameras, and we’re sorry to say this is probably a feature, not a bug.

The issue is likely metering, and understanding how your camera decides to adjust exposure based on what you focus on. Let’s dig into this setting on your camera!

Improve your smartphone photography: What is metering?

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Juan Carlos Bagnell
Juan has been geeking out on personal computing since before PCs had GUIs. After studying Theatre in college, Juan worked with a contractor that supported servers and mobile devices for Department of Energy facilities. After moving to Los Angeles California, and working as a commercial casting director, he now dedicates his time to discussing the tech landscape as a consumer advocate. You’ll often see him pop in local news broadcasts. Passionate about mobile content creation, he recently published his first book on smartphone photography.