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#1 Michael Lee

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:22 AM

This is surely a stupid question but I've read an abundance on this but am still a little confused do I need to compensate for the reading given by an incident meter off a key for a  Caucasian face?, I know I need to do this with the reflective and spot meter so as to compensate for the reflective value of the a Caucasian face. My instinct says I should as the subject still has to reflect the light back, is this correct?


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#2 Stephen Murphy

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 07:53 AM


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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:48 AM

You don't need to compensate for the caucasian face with an incident meter because the incident meter just tells you the amount of light hitting the dome so that 18% grey will be exposed correctly, so a lighter subject will render lighter and a darker subject will render darker relative to 18% grey.  

 

A reflective meter / spot meter measures the light reflected off of a subject itself and assumes that the subject is 18% grey, so if the subject isn't, then you have to compensate to make a lighter object look lighter and a darker object look darker.

 

Of course, all meter readings have to be interpreted creatively to create the effect you want.


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#4 Michael Lee

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Posted 24 May 2013 - 05:41 AM

thanks Dave that was a really helpful and clear explanation much appreciated cheers, 


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#5 Gregg MacPherson

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Posted 27 May 2013 - 06:14 PM

 

I think you'll find this tutorial beneficial

 
Is it possible to pin that near the top of the board.

Edited by Gregg MacPherson, 27 May 2013 - 06:15 PM.

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