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bikefreax
01-23-2008, 09:40 PM
I am reading the understanding exposure book and he talks about using a light meter. Since I am a newbie can somebody post what meter they use? I am curious about possibly buying one if I really need it. Or do people just use their camera?

iunno
01-23-2008, 09:44 PM
A light meter is a device used to measure the amount of light. In photography (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography), a light meter is often used to determine the proper exposure (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposure_%28photography%29) for a photograph. Typically a light meter will include a computer, either digital or analogue, which allows the photographer to determine which shutter speed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shutter_speed) and f-number (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-number) should be selected for an optimum exposure, given a certain lighting situation and film speed (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Film_speed).
Light meters are also used in the fields of cinematography (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinematography) and scenic design (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scenic_design), in order to determine the optimum light level for a scene. They are used in the general field of lighting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illumination), where they can help to reduce the amount of waste light used in the home, light pollution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_pollution) outdoors, and plant growing to ensure proper light levels.



read the rest here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_meter

Colorblinded
01-23-2008, 09:44 PM
I've had a Minolta Autometer IVF (I think that's the full name) for 7 or 8 years. Don't much use it anymore to be honest as I just use my camera.

I will say a light meter helps you learn exposure, and a good meter is handy for studio work, but I tend to just go by histograms now when shooting.

I don't know what all you shoot, but a light meter isn't something most people ever bothered using, and certainly probably even fewer use one now.

bikefreax
01-23-2008, 09:58 PM
I've had a Minolta Autometer IVF (I think that's the full name) for 7 or 8 years. Don't much use it anymore to be honest as I just use my camera.

I will say a light meter helps you learn exposure, and a good meter is handy for studio work, but I tend to just go by histograms now when shooting.

I don't know what all you shoot, but a light meter isn't something most people ever bothered using, and certainly probably even fewer use one now.

Thanks. as I read more it sounds like he actually points the camera to a spot to get the reading. I was just reading p n my camera and I have an AE lock button I can use for that.

SanjuNana
04-03-2008, 07:09 PM
That's fine if you're shooting digital, but what about film?

I'm kind of looking for a cheap, small light meter to use with my medium format folders. Currently, I'm just guessing based on sunny f/16 (not sure how that's been working out, as I haven't processed the film yet), but I'd like something a little more accurate, especially for shady or indoor shots. Mostly I've been shooting with the folders while out hiking, so I don't really want to lug my dRebel along all the time, just to use it as a meter.

I DO have a Weston Ranger 9 light meter, but its not accurate, since the type of battery it uses is no longer made.