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#1 Jim Nelson

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:02 PM

Hi

Can someone please help me out.

When you use a spot meter or take a reflective reading, where should you position yourself? Should you be where the camera is or it doesn't matter?


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#2 David Rakoczy

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 07:31 PM

It absolutely matters... you want to be as close to the Lens as possible.
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#3 John Brawley

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 09:45 PM

Hi

Can someone please help me out.

When you use a spot meter or take a reflective reading, where should you position yourself? Should you be where the camera is or it doesn't matter?


thanks



The idea is to be as close to the lens taking position as possible, and along the same axis. the meter is measuring the *reflection* of light so where you stand matters because the reflection angles change.

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#4 Chris Millar

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Posted 15 June 2009 - 11:05 PM

To quote myself from another spot meter thread:

I've often wondered how many times people have taken a heavily side biased or back lit scene and spot metered a reading off a grey card parallel to the focal plane.

The card being flat will get only the general diffuse spill reflection of the surrounding area and none of the direct light from the sources.


So yes, I keep the meter close to the lens but will put the card off axis on occasion - which in some ways is a relative analog of metering away from the lens - if you get what I mean... :blink:
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