Shooting 16mm without a Light Meter
Posted 13 July 2011 - 11:27 AM
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Posted 05 August 2011 - 05:27 PM
If you don't think you're going to be using it very much, then renting one would be a good decision.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 10:58 PM
I'm with the others that, if you're shooting film, you NEED a lightmeter, and if you can't afford one, you can't afford to shoot film. The lightmeter is your insurance policy. It's there to eliminate the guesswork. Do you REALLY want to risk all the money spent on stock, processing, telecine, on top of all the other productions costs? Because that's what you're doing without a light meter. You risk everything coming out underexposed, or overexposed, and even if you get lucky on the exposure, your stuff will still probably look flat at best, and at worse, utter poop, because that meter is there not only to help you decide exposure, but also the intensity of your light levels. How will you know how much to light the key, backlight, fill, kicker, without metering each to figure out the contrast ratios? How will you know when to bounce daylight to fill out the shadows? You can only do so much by eye, because the eye is far more forgiving, has far greater dynamic range than film.
So please, get a meter. In fact, get two. I always have two on set: a spotmeter which is my primary, and then a Spectra pro as a backup.
And if you can't buy one, surely you can rent or borrow. They're so well made, so solidly built that you could probably find someone who would let you borrow it for a day.
But really, get one, get a good one that's either new, or has been serviced (no buying used off ebay!) and don't look back. It's a purchase that pays for itself almost instantly by saving many days of costly reshoots.
Posted 11 August 2011 - 11:56 PM
Edited by Tom Jensen, 11 August 2011 - 11:58 PM.
Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:43 AM
Bought a Gossen Luma Pro as per the suggestion of R Deakins on his web forum.
It was $65 on ebay
and it's the best thing I've ever done....not only was it way cheeper, just as accurate it's quicker and easier to read.... there are reasons for an expensive light meter but there are cheeper ones that work great and are reliable