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Dec 17, 2008 12:03 |  #1

I bought a new light meter Sekonic L-358
I used it, and this is what he left me:
Help me...


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Dec 17, 2008 12:05 |  #2

Can't really tell from the images but if the shutter speed it calls for is 1/4 second, you either need a lot more light, a wider aperture opening, higher ISO or a tripod and cable release.

1/4 second is going to be nearly impossible to hand hold.


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Dec 17, 2008 12:07 |  #3

Gedi wrote in post #6896398 (external link)
I bought a new light meter Sekonic L-358
I used it, and this is what he left me:
Help me...

I don't see anything wrong. You're trying to use a low ISO and relatively small aperture in the dark...

The exposure looks right, so the meter is functioning fine.


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Dec 17, 2008 12:09 |  #4

cdifoto wrote in post #6896432 (external link)
I don't see anything wrong. You're trying to use a low ISO and relatively small aperture in the dark...

The exposure looks right, so the meter is functioning fine.

...or use a tripod.


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Dec 17, 2008 12:35 |  #5

Don't use 1/4 of a second shutter speed unless you are using a tripod. When using flash the shutter speed is basically of no consequence unless you are outdoors. I usually use around 125 for my shutter speed when shooting in the camera room.

Tha apple is properly exposed but OOF. I'm guessing the AF missed.

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Dec 17, 2008 12:51 |  #6

You are right, but there is another example.
I have pictures without the aid of light meter is fine.
Why Sekonic L- 358 shows on the other?

Speed Shutter 1 / 13
F-Stop 5.0
ISO 100


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Dec 17, 2008 12:57 |  #7

That shot is way underexposed.

A meter is designed to analyze the light falling on the subject & give you settings for proper exposure. It's NOT designed to do the impossible - ie give you settings that are magically handholdable or shake-free.

1/13 is slightly more handholdable than 1/4 but I can still see shake. Under those same conditions, setting the meter to f/5 should give you a reading of 1/5 which is still not holdable.

If you want to use a small aperture & ISO100 and still handhold it, you're gonna have to add more light. Period.


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Dec 17, 2008 13:31 |  #8

cdifoto wrote in post #6896752 (external link)
That shot is way underexposed.

A meter is designed to analyze the light falling on the subject & give you settings for proper exposure. It's NOT designed to do the impossible - ie give you settings that are magically handholdable or shake-free.

1/13 is slightly more handholdable than 1/4 but I can still see shake. Under those same conditions, setting the meter to f/5 should give you a reading of 1/5 which is still not holdable.

If you want to use a small aperture & ISO100 and still handhold it, you're gonna have to add more light. Period.

Thanks for the information. I'm still learning about it.


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Dec 17, 2008 17:18 |  #9

Bump the ISO to 400 or even 800. It should solve the shutter speed problem.


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Dec 17, 2008 20:27 |  #10
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You should realize a lightmeter is not going to take good pictures for you.
In the image you show you have a very good exposure. But there is much more to a good photo than a correct exposure and your example is a good illustration why.
I know it might sound offensive but try getting some good book about basics of photography. You'll save yourself a lot of time and frustration.




  
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Dec 18, 2008 07:46 |  #11

It appears from the last image you posted that you have the meter set for ambient light and not flash. My above response was for flash. Are you asking about flash or ambient ?

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Dec 18, 2008 09:47 |  #12

Benji wrote in post #6901817 (external link)
It appears from the last image you posted that you have the meter set for ambient light and not flash. My above response was for flash. Are you asking about flash or ambient ?

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I asked about the ambient.


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Dec 18, 2008 10:01 |  #13

Titus213 wrote in post #6898279 (external link)
Bump the ISO to 400 or even 800. It should solve the shutter speed problem.

Right, I do not want to have a lot of noise. Thanks.


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Dec 18, 2008 10:07 |  #14

more light!


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Dec 18, 2008 10:19 |  #15

lots more light, or get a tripod and use a shutter release


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