KInd of self explanatory. Your using your cameras light meter to get the exposure, TV mode lets you set the shutter speed to what your gate speed is for a flash. I choose 1/160 because its safe. Shooting into the area with TV mode at 1/160, the camera will set an exposure and give you the correct aperture reading,,, switch it over to manual to that setting
The ND filter will bring down the ambient on your subject and the sky or area that you shoot at, That ambient reading is what your light output should be thats hitting the subject. you can chimp and if the light looks a bit hot,,and it might, slightly adjust light output to get a look that you like-- works everytime
I understand about taking a reading in av or tv and using manual. The method I was/am curious about is getting your light output to match ambient light setting. A practice I'm unfamiliar with. I was wondering if you meter the light output until it matches the ambient. New to using light meter and was confused on the actual steps your taking to do that besides chimping. There are times when there's not enough setup time and chimping can take time away and end up loosing the shot (kids getting distracting and walking away and having to corral them back to the spot and golden hour is gone). This is a process I will definitely have to practice. Adding a ND filter is completely new to me and maybe something I should become familiar with. I've done some outdoor stuff, but matching light output to ambient is something new for me. Can you explain "gate speed" in relation to flash? Sometimes I feel like such a noob. Thanks.