I wonder if you could offer some comments/advice.
I shoot manual mode most of the time and have noticed recently that shooting outside on a bright sunny day about 5pm with the sun behind me that my pictures come out dull.
Adjusting the meter to zero, or centre produces a nice peaked/dome histogram reading, but an image that looks under exposed and flat.
However.... as soon as I over expose on the meter by about 2/3 of a stop, I get bright rich blue sky and a more rich, lifelike image.
I shoot with centre weighted metering, and have my function button assigned for spot and I usually find a mid tone to spot from.
Thanks in advance.