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Light meters: Do you use them?

 
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Dec 26, 2008 14:43 as a reply to  @ post 6948077 |  #16

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Dec 26, 2008 15:02 |  #17

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Dec 26, 2008 18:30 as a reply to  @ AxxisPhoto's post |  #18

Hi everyone

I usemy light meter more and more because I don't truly trust my camera meter or histogram. Yes the histogram and meter are there for a reason but if you learn to trust them your images will all look the same and your knowledge of light will diminish. I highly recomend getting a light meter and learn how light really works. You will be amazed by your images when you do.




  
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Dec 26, 2008 18:46 |  #19

I rarely shoot a photo with out using a light meter. But that is because of my original training in photography!


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might be the cost- the 358 is ~$250 or more. Not everyone can afford the extra gear. chimping is free.


what he said...chimping is free.:p But I'll probably pick one up sometime, I just never really felt a need for one all that much. Too much other gear I want that's on the list ahead of it.




  
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Dec 28, 2008 22:36 |  #21

Sekonic L358.

You need to keep a hand-held meter in your bag all the times if you are a pro. Not because camera meter is less accurate or incorrect. But because it reads differently.

When the bride's face is under-exposed and the groom's, over-exposed, the camera meter still did a good job as it was built for. It is the photographer's fault to misuse the meter.


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Dec 29, 2008 21:44 |  #22

I use a Sekonic l-558 and agree with all reasons listed above. Metering is more balanced and accurate with it. I can meter off a white shirt vs a tan skin to aviod blowouts...ect.


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Dec 30, 2008 14:37 as a reply to  @ rmd photography's post |  #23

Chimping the histo and doing test shots is OK,but I always use a meter (308s) it gets you in the ball park quicker!!:)




  
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Jan 05, 2009 02:17 |  #24

So....

How do you use the light meters? I saw one of the main shooters use it at a wedding one time. I actually held it for a group shot. I remember him saying something like "tell me when it reads 5.6" or something along those lines, and eventually it did.

What was he doing and how do these light meters work? I usually just go off the histogram....


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Jan 29, 2009 03:03 |  #25

Can anyone tell me if the canon 5d,(not mark II) has a built in light meter. I want to study photography and they request that i have a camera with a built in light meter. Good possibility that i may purchase the 5d, but before i do, i just want to make sure.




  
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Jan 29, 2009 09:00 |  #26

myfx wrote in post #7211242 (external link)
Can anyone tell me if the canon 5d,(not mark II) has a built in light meter. I want to study photography and they request that i have a camera with a built in light meter. Good possibility that i may purchase the 5d, but before i do, i just want to make sure.

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Jan 31, 2009 22:33 |  #27

The answer is depends. I used light meters 90% of the time before, but as I accumulated more experience, I can estimate what settings to use based on where the lights are positioned. In addition the shots that I do are fairly simple and involve 2-3 lights. So nowadays I just take a few test shots and adjust settings based on histograms.


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