Work Smarter, Not Harder! Advice from Shoots Imaging

© Sean Nel

© Sean Nel

“Can it be done without a light meter? Yes, absolutely! Just like you can unlock your front door with a paperclip if you spend enough time on it…”, says the team behind Shoots Imaging, a commercial stock photography studio. In their line of work, they have to be ready to shoot anything and everything. In this article, posted on their blog, they wonder, are light meters another tool in your box of tricks or are they just a bit old school?

Using a couple of photos to illustrate, Sean and Luba use their Sekonic L-308S to get the perfect baseline exposure. Knowing they have a solid base, they can confidently experiment with different ways of shaping the light. To prove their point, they include the photos’ histograms, which are clearly not a good way to determine the correct exposure in this situation.

What do the results look like? Here’s a couple of images from their stock portfolio.

© Sean Nel

© Sean Nel

© Sean Nel

© Sean Nel

© Sean Nel

© Sean Nel

Read the full post on Shoots Imaging.

 

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