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Camera Metering Vs Light Meter

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by AndyBorzi, 3 Feb 2006.

  1. AndyBorzi

    Wise Guy

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    Location: Peterborough

    I have a light meter at home but have never really used it in battle. My wife tends to use it for studio work.

    When I get a chance I want to take a series of shots of various things using the various metering modes on camera and with the light meter. I want to do this because I have never really sat down and thought about metering when taking pictures, so I don't really know what difference it would make. (I would just point and click!)

    I was just wondering if people just use on camera metering, separate light meter or just plain guess work ;) or perhaps all three?
     
  2. Slime101

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    In camera metering relies on reflected light, dont lightmeters work in incidental light??

    Totally different approach, depends what your subject is and the equipment used on which approach is best altho generally you can get away with either!
     
  3. AndyBorzi

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    Yes, camera use reflected and lightmeters use incidental/flash.

    Some of the photos I see posted are superb so, I was just wondering if people on here actually bothered with light meters.
     
  4. Johnny|lucidcomposure

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    Thats because "soft light" is the best light.
    Amen brother!