Can I just set the camera to Tv mode, flip it around, point it at the light source and make it an incident meter like the flash meter?
I find this interesting, it discusses whether hand held spot meter is really necessary:
set your camera ISO, and set the same ISO on your flash meter, pop the flash, taking the reading, most meter will give you a f stop, set this f stop on your camera, you may fine tune it after seeing the camera LCD after some test shots.
If this f stop is not you what intend to use, you may increase or decrease your flash output to get the ideal f stop you wish to use.
the incident metering method is read the how much light falls on the subject, irregardless the subject is white or black, using the recommended reading to make exposure, it will expose the subject as it is.
reflected metering method is read how much light reflected from the subjects, it will fool you if you are not sure where to take the reading from, cos all the meters are calibrated to measure 18% midtone.
Last edited by lsisaxon; 19th July 2007 at 04:25 PM.
Get a lightmeter.
Then either get/borrow books that teaches lighting in studio, or go for lessons conducted by SAFRA/PSS/etc etc.
Or get a fren with studio to teach u, or got for some studio shoot primer.