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Learn & Explore Series Episode 4

"How to select a light meter"

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Did You Know?

Adding just the right amount of flash to an outdoor subject will make an amazing improvement to your image.

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Did You Know?

The built-in light meter in a digital camera will not always provide an accurate light reading, especially when confronted with a bright background behind a subject or bright light reflecting from snow, sand or water.

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Did You Know?

The average light in a typical photographic scene calculates to 18% on the gray scale.

Special Thanks to
Industry Expert: Phil Bradon
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Questions covered in the above interview:

  1. Why use a handheld light meter? And what are the advantages of using a separate light meter instead of a built-in camera meter?
  2. What are the types of light meters?
  3. What is the difference between incident and reflected light readings?
  4. What are the advantages of an LCD display compared to an analog display?
  5. How do meter readouts compare to the controls of my camera?
  6. What wireless technology do light meters have and are they compatible with cameras and flash systems?
  7. What is the maximum amount a photographer hobbyist or enthusiast should expect to spend for a good light meter?
  8. What special features are available in Sekonic meters today?
  9. We are starting to see attachments that plug into smart phones that allow light and exposure measurement. What do you think about these?
  10. So we come full circle. Why should I consider using a light meter instead of setting my exposure by trial and error or getting an accessory for my iphone?