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Good Light = Good Quality October 05 2016, 0 Comments

In scenes with variable light it is really important to read your light meter. It’ll balance out the highlights and shadows to give you a more balanced exposure. You can also use it by reading only the highlights or only the shadows if that is the focus of your image. Professional light meters are really expensive, and unless you need more options for flashes, your in-camera, or light meter app will do just as well for ambient light.

When I use my DSLR I will typically rely on my in-camera meter. I will use manual mode and keep my aperture consistent, moving shutter speed first then ISO. This works well for my shooting style and I know when I am shooting a bright scene, to underexpose an f/stop and vise versa to balance out the tones. 

When I shoot film, I always use the Pocket Light Meter app. It only has three buttons (shutter, ISO, and aperture) that you can adjust and change the consistent factor. EASY! The app does have ads, which is annoying but considering you could be using a $500 Seiko, it’s pretty good.

Why am I writing about using light meters? Because everyone should be using one! Taking a poorly exposed image then using Photoshop or Lightroom to correct it doesn’t cut it when you want to print a nice image. There are issues of burns and noise which you don’t see on your screen but will show up in a print.

It is easy to overlook and just fix later but using a light meter will really increase the quality of your images and prints. Enjoy!