But I'd recommend you get a light meter if you're serious. The Sekonic L-358 sells for about $450 or less.
Last edited by lsisaxon; 20th July 2007 at 10:09 AM.
Get an incident light meter with flash metering capability. Period.
Saves you all the hassle of trying to determine exposure. Plus it helps you work out lighting ratios and balance ambient and flash exposure. If you use reflected light measurements, you'll waste more time and your exposure readings will vary depending on the reflectance value of the subject, etc.
eventually he will need to use flash meter, but before than, just let him know what other options that can shoot studio without a flash meter, rather that let him anyhow humtum exposure or don't shoot at all, get it??
photographers are train to solve problems creatively, not sitting down there waiting for things to happen.
Why so profound? I do it very simply.. If in studio I just do an estimation and set it using manual mode on the camera. If I am off the just tweak the manual settings till you get what you want... That's the advantage of digital over film.
If you are using film just use your digicam as your light meter lah...
The only reason I see the need for a light meter is if you are using only film and don't have a digital camera...
So far, this has worked nicely for me. If anyone can tell me where I can improve I'm open to suggestions.
Spot meters have other uses. Sekonic L-758D has a built in spot meter.
perhaps, use yr studio lights w/o a meter first. learn the basics first and with its inconveniences. later, with a meter, yr foundation would be stronger and appreciative of its convenience.