Spot vs Evaluative metering (dark subject with white background)

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Spot vs Evaluative metering (dark subject with white background)
Nov 21, 2011

I recently shot some pictures of a fireplace surround that my cabinet shop produced.

The room was well lit with continuous lighting bounced from the ceiling.
The tile surrounding the fireplace had a lot of nice color.

No matter what I tried, however, I could not get this color to pop out.

By the time the tile was bright enough to see the rest of the shot was over-exposed.

I am wondering if this had to do with a metering issue.

My EXIF data does not indicate what the metering was set for but my hunch is that it was set at evaluative mode. I am thinking that the camera saw all the white cabinetry and set the exposure from that white influence.

If I were to shoot this space again with spot metering and I centered the focus on the fireplace tile, would this brighten up the tile?

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