Nikon 1546 User Manual (en)

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Autoexposure Lock
Use autoexposure lock to recompose photographs after metering exposure:
1
Select center-weighted (
M) or spot (N) metering 
(88).
Matrix metering (
L) will not produce the desired results.
2
Lock exposure.
Position the subject in the selected focus point and press 
the shutter-release button halfway. With the shutter-
release button pressed halfway and the subject positioned 
in the focus point, press the AE-L/AF-L button to lock focus 
and exposure.
While exposure lock is in effect, an AE-L indicator will 
appear in the viewfinder.
3
Recompose the photograph.
Keeping the AE-L/AF-L button pressed, recompose the photograph and shoot.
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Adjusting Shutter Speed and Aperture
While exposure lock is in effect, the following settings can be adjusted without altering the 
metered value for exposure:
Mode
Setting
Programmed auto
Shutter speed and aperture (flexible program; 0 81)
Shutter-priority auto
Shutter speed
Aperture-priority auto
Aperture
The metering method itself can not be changed while exposure lock is in effect.
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See Also
If On is selected for Custom Setting c1 (Shutter-release button AE-L, 0 156), exposure will 
lock when the shutter-release button is pressed halfway. For information on changing the 
role of the AE-L/AF-L button, see Custom Setting f2 (Assign AE-L/AF-L button, 0 164).
Shutter-release
button
AE-L/AF-L
 button