That is how you utilize a lightweight meter correctly – they’re actually not that troublesome or scary


Whereas they have been as soon as a fixture in each studio and photographer’s gear bag, gentle meters appear to have fallen out of style ever since digital pictures got here alongside. And whereas it’s true that we now have much more choices for exposing our photographs, the common-or-garden gentle meter can nonetheless play a really precious position in nailing the shot shortly and constantly.

The price of messing up the publicity of a shot, twiddling some dials and taking pictures one other isn’t as costly because it was within the movie days, gentle meters can nonetheless prevent a number of time and problem. And on this nice video, Daniel Norton walks us by tips on how to use a lightweight meter, together with some ideas and methods to make your life just a little simpler when utilizing one.

I’ve been utilizing a lightweight meter for years. Proper now, my major gentle meter is the Sekonic L-758 – the predecessor to the L-858 that Daniel makes use of within the video – and I nonetheless have my previous L-718 as a backup. I don’t apply it to each shoot. Generally I can afford to take the time to experiment and getting good publicity isn’t as important however for some shoots, they supply a stage of consistency that simply going by the digicam’s built-in reflective meter or the histogram can’t.

That is very true with long-term initiatives that may probably span a number of weeks, months or years with totally different cameras the place all the photographs have to match one another. And, in fact, it’s nonetheless extraordinarily helpful each time I’m taking pictures movie, significantly with flash!

Regardless that I don’t apply it to each shoot, I don’t assume there’ll ever be a time that I don’t have a lightweight meter in my bag. How about you? Do you utilize one? Are you fascinated about getting one?