I am looking for advice from other sports photographers on whether or not I should buy an incident light meter. Last weekend I attended a class about sports photography at Calumet. During the class I asked for advice about exposure settings for baseball in bright daylight when the players have bright white uniforms. The instructor recommended shooting in manual mode using an incident meter for this (and all other scenarios). Note: This is the first time I ever heard of an incident meter .
My current gear is a Canon 7D with the 70-200F2.8 and 300F4 lenses. In the past I mostly shot JPEG using Av mode. I have started working with RAW files this past year and would like to start shooting manual. The problem is that most of my pictures tend to be over or under exposed (in M or Av mode). Most of my sports photography is outdoors (little league, soccer). I do occasionally shoot indoor basketball. I was told an incident meter would give me the exact settings for the incident light on the player's faces, which would lead to perfectly exposed photos. Is this true?
I have read other posts where people use the histogram or meter off of grass on the field. I don't want to buy a meter unless it will truly help. If there is an easier way to do this with the histograms, I would love for someone to explain the technique.
Finally, if you recommend an incident meter, I would love any suggestions for a particular unit. I need one that is portable and easy to use, and preferably, $250 or less.
Thanks in advance for your help!