Whereas they have been as soon as a fixture in each studio and photographer’s gear bag, mild meters appear to have fallen out of trend ever since digital images got here alongside. And whereas it’s true that we now have much more choices for exposing our pictures, the standard mild meter can nonetheless play a really useful function in nailing the shot rapidly and constantly.
The price of messing up the publicity of a shot, twiddling some dials and capturing one other isn’t as costly because it was within the movie days, mild meters can nonetheless prevent a variety of time and problem. And on this nice video, Daniel Norton walks us via how one can use a lightweight meter, together with some ideas and tips to make your life just a little simpler when utilizing one.
I’ve been utilizing a lightweight meter for years. Proper now, my essential mild 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the Sekonic L-758 – the predecessor to the L-858 that Daniel makes use of within the video – and I nonetheless have my outdated L-718 as a backup.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 digital camera’s built-in reflective meter or the histogram can’t.
That is very true with long-term initiatives that may doubtlessly span a number of weeks, months or years with completely different cameras the place all the pictures have to match one another. And, in fact, it’s nonetheless extraordinarily helpful every time I’m capturing movie, notably with flash!
Although I don’t apply it to each shoot, I don’t suppose 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 desirous about getting one?