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#1 AnthonyMcPherson

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 02:37 PM

Hi, I'm still saving up to purchase a light meter but was curious to know if I could use a monitor with false color as a substitute until then. I know the importance of a light meter but could a false color 


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#2 Michael LaVoie

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 06:29 PM

You're better off with a monitor that has a waveform feature rather than false color.  Much easier to use.  You can get really cheap used meters at BnH btw.


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#3 AnthonyMcPherson

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 06:38 PM

You're better off with a monitor that has a waveform feature rather than false color.  Much easier to use.  You can get really cheap used meters at BnH btw.

Thanks! i'll look into that.


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#4 Bruce Greene

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 06:41 PM

Hey, why not try a phone app?  Pretty cheap and you'll always have it with you!


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Posted 22 March 2018 - 06:43 PM

Hey, why not try a phone app?  Pretty cheap and you'll always have it with you!

Someone actually recommended this. Any possible recommendations? 


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#6 Mark Kenfield

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Posted 22 March 2018 - 09:09 PM

A good light meter can outlast a career. It's an essential tool for the job, so my recommendation would be to save yourself the time, energy and money exploring alternatives. And instead just get your pennies together ASAP and make the investment. You only need a few hundred dollars.
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Posted 23 March 2018 - 10:42 AM

Someone actually recommended this. Any possible recommendations? 

I have "mylightmeter".  It's free but keeps bugging you to upgrade to "mylightermeterpro".  But it works :)  I use it mostly for still photography shooting with film.


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#8 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 12:09 PM

Light meters are going to be cheaper than most monitors on the whole.

 

https://www.bhphotov...h=&usedSearch=1
 


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#9 AnthonyMcPherson

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 03:50 PM

A good light meter can outlast a career. It's an essential tool for the job, so my recommendation would be to save yourself the time, energy and money exploring alternatives. And instead just get your pennies together ASAP and make the investment. You only need a few hundred dollars.

Agreed. I kinda made the amateur mistake of investing way too much on rigs and lens straight out the gate.


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#10 AnthonyMcPherson

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 03:52 PM

I have "mylightmeter".  It's free but keeps bugging you to upgrade to "mylightermeterpro".  But it works :)  I use it mostly for still photography shooting with film.

The reviews are pretty solid. I'll check it. Thanks!


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#11 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 04:26 PM

This was my first meter (given to me by my dad)

 

https://newyork.crai...6532167268.html


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#12 AnthonyMcPherson

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Posted 23 March 2018 - 05:58 PM

This was my first meter (given to me by my dad)

 

https://newyork.crai...6532167268.html

Nice. The price actually isn't that bad.


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