Rob Duncan’s First Shoot Using a Handheld Light Meter

© Rob Duncan

© Rob Duncan

If you’ve always relied on your in-camera meter or histogram and are comfortable with your workflow, change can be hard to take. Aspiring portrait and wedding photographer Rob Duncan had been shooting for 3 years before he decided to take the plunge and invest in a hand held light meter, the Sekonic L-358, all in the name of efficiency.

After watching a number of tutorials on Sekonic, Snapfactory, MAC-On-Campus, and AdoramaTV, Rob tackled his first shoot, a portrait session with Alexandria.

© Rob Duncan

© Rob Duncan

© Rob Duncan

© Rob Duncan

© Rob Duncan

© Rob Duncan

As you can see, after all that learning, Rob was ready to meet a variety of lighting conditions with confidence. He says that his interest in the L-358 stemmed from a desire to see just how much he could speed up the setup process. Now, he reports that “not only has it made my workflow quicker it also makes me look a bit more pro…” One of the eye-opening features for him has been the ability to see exactly how much light the flash is contributing when working in mixed light situations.

It’s been made a permanent feature in Rob’s portraiture gear bag and he’s considering getting his hands on the PocketWizard module, the RT-32N, so he can trigger his off-camera flashes.

© Rob Duncan

© Rob Duncan

See more of Rob’s work on robduncanphotography.co.uk. Connect with him on flickr.

 

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