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#1 Calen Rowegn

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Posted 27 June 2006 - 07:48 PM

I am going to do some studio work and I am planning on using a light meter with the talent involved. Can someone please give me a dummies guide to using a light meter (step by step etc) Also, if you can recommend a good one under $200. Thanks in advance! I'm new so be nice!
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#2 Ram Shani

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Posted 01 July 2006 - 02:33 PM

hi

i am not going to explain all the theory of using light meter let me just say you need a incident light meter

i use one(sekonic508) every time i work on multi camera in a studio

i use the flat disc to meager Avery light (key side fill back) start with the key

video camera are around 320asa

i try to work at f stop 2.8

you can find good analog and digital light metetrs from sekonic spectra gossine

Edited by ram shani, 01 July 2006 - 02:34 PM.

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#3 Daniel Sheehy

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Posted 01 July 2006 - 08:27 PM

I am going to do some studio work and I am planning on using a light meter with the talent involved. Can someone please give me a dummies guide to using a light meter (step by step etc) Also, if you can recommend a good one under $200. Thanks in advance! I'm new so be nice!


You haven't specifically said that you're dealing with video, but if you are,
www.cybercollege.com
is a good resource.
The sections on lighting & maintaining video quality may be helpful to you.

video camera are around 320asa


That can vary from camera to camera, obviously... :)
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#4 Calen Rowegn

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 12:54 AM

First of all, thank you for taking the time to respond! I'm doing video production! I'll check out the links you provided. Also, can I use the following meter? Sekonic 308


I can't spend more then $200 :ph34r: Thanks in advance!

Edited by Calen Rowegn, 02 July 2006 - 12:55 AM.

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#5 Daniel Sheehy

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 02:14 AM

I have a similar sekonic meter @ work... just set the mode to the continuous lighting (little sun symbol), set the shutter speed approprietly (1/50PAL or 1/60NTSC - or to 25 or 30fps)... set the equivalent ISO and away you go...

However if you are working with video, unless you need to set up a specific lighting ratio, you can constantly check the lighting on the monitor... its quick & easy :)
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#6 Ram Shani

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Posted 02 July 2006 - 10:46 AM

the light meter look good but for me the ball is to small

is it can be set flat?

working with meter give you good base before you start the shooting day

after you tern on the cameras

then you work with the c.c.u man to make the final adjustment

you ask sameone to be stand in and you know were you stand

trust your eyes!!!
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