Reasons to Use a Light Meter for Video

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Shutter Angle is a relatively new blog promising to be a great resource for digital filmmakers. In their ongoing article series, Exposure Tools for Digital Video, they give an overview of many of the exposure tools available to filmmakers and weigh each one’s advantages and disadvantages.

They write the instant feedback you can get from a monitor is the medium’s biggest advantage over film as exposure choice can now be feedback-informed. However, monitor feedback alone can make exposure difficult to judge — that’s what our tools are for!

In Part One, they detail the histogram, zebras, and waveform monitors. In Part Two, they delve into false color, spot displays, and light meters. Light meters measure incident light, unlike camera meters, which measure reflected light. Since incident readings are “independent of the reflective properties of scene elements, they can allow for consistent light measurement and, consequently, for consistent exposure without the need for a grey card or any other scene reference. And as they don’t need a camera to function, external light meters are also handy for location scouting and setting lights up.”

The article features a Sekonic L-758DR, which gives you creative control over light and exposure on your shoot.

Read the article and see more on Shutter Angle.


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