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Posted 31 August 2007 - 03:05 PM
Posted 31 August 2007 - 04:55 PM
Posted 31 August 2007 - 05:15 PM
position your meter where the light hit the talent, half way don't interest you, you want to know the light level where the actor and as it's moving actors where he is gonna be.
metering the back light will tell you the cotrast of your image between high lights and shadows.
Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:09 PM
You've probably noticed though that when your backlight is the same as your key it appears way hotter because the light is practically glaring off your actor and directly at the lens. In most situations, I like to have the backlight 1 to 2 stops under key so it's more subtle. Having a spot meter will give you a more accurate reading of the backlight, but it's also good to learn what incidental readings mean what in those situations.
When shooting video, it helps to place some diffusion on that light as well.