I've been busy doing some portfolio building with family members and friends and am going nuts with this whole "metering" issue. What is the difference between metering for a specific part of a photo and using the auto exposure lock? Here is how I understand it, which is probably totally off. I based this from reading about the two subjects separately and have struggled finding info that talks about the relationship between the two. When I want to meter for someones face, for example, I get close to their face and look at my meter. In theory, I want to adjust either aperture or shutter speed to get the meter at zero. This will expose the scene so that the face is properly exposed since it is what I decided is of top priority. With AE lock, I depress whatever button I have assigned AE to and the camera will hold that exposure even if I recompose or refocus. Doing this DOES NOT allow me to adjust exposure compensation, though, right? The exposure is being decided by the camera, possibly -1 or +1, etc, because I'm not changing my settings. Basically, I'm better off metering it on my own because that gives me more control over whether I under or overexpose a scene. The AE lock still allows the camera to decide the exposure based on your settings, correct? As you can see-- I'm going a little batty And to keep this interesting, here's a photo from one of my favorite places on earth-- Big Bear Lake, CA. This is the neighbor's cabin. I liked all the horizontal lines... Thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaank you!