How many of you meter manually and why? Particularly when we live in a time when cameras can all do their own metering automatically in a variety of different ways. I've been doing photography for less than a year, so very much still a newbie, and I considered manual metering something I would never use...why would I when the camera can do it for me and, anyway, that was something only real photographers do But a couple of days ago it was really sunny so I decided to go to my local airport to do some shooting practice. I used matrix metering, spot metering and centre weighted at various times for different circumstances, yet the histogram always seemed to be shifted a little too much to the left or the right. Not really a problem as post editing could adjust it and the exposure wasn't too much out anyway; but as I was just messing about trying a few things I decided to go wild and try a bit of on-the-fly manual metering I'm already familiar with the sunny 16 rule and had translated it to work on my D70, so I switched my camera to M mode...feeling a little guilty for trying to pretend I was a proper photographer ....and set the shutter and aperture accordingly. Took a pic and checked the histogram....WOW the histogram peaked bang in the centre. I took quite a few more and when I later downloaded and checked them at home they were among the best exposed shots I'd done. I think I'll be using M mode a lot more often from now on.