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F.A.Q.s – Do you use a light meter?

Short Answer:

Yes. Either the camera’s built-in meter, or a hand-held meter.

Long Answer:

The AE prism of the Pentax 67II is able to do spot, center-weighted and matrix metering. The built-in meter, like all in-camera meters is a reflected light meter. It works very well, but sometimes when the lighting is complicated it is best to measure the amount of incident light rather than reflected light. To do this you need a separate handheld incident light meter. If I used the in-camera metering for the following shot of AIBO the white background (which the meter would presume to be grey) would fool the camera and consequently underexpose the image.

AIBO photographed using an incident light meter.

If I were shooting digital I could simply take a test photo using the camera’s meter, chimp (check the LCD screen), and adjust the exposure to the correct amount. Some film shooters use polaroids to check exposure, but a light meter is a pretty reliable method of getting your exposure right if you operate if properly.   I use a Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter which works really well.

Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter

Sekonic L-358 Flash Master Light Meter

When shooting in the studio a light meter that can measure the amount of light (including that from strobes) is invaluable. A cable from the light meter allows you to trigger the flash, or the Sekonic can also be fitted with a transmitter to wirelessly communicate with pocket wizards on the strobe or battery pack. (I used the light meter attached to a pocket wizard transmitter for a studio shoot yesterday – images to come in a later blog.)

1 Comment

  1. yo_tuco says

    Yes, I use my one-degree, Pentax Spotmeter V all the time with a waist level finder 90% of the time on my 67.

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