Join Abba Shapiro for an in-depth discussion in this video Using an external light meter, part of Up and Running with Studio Strobes.
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While the in-camera controls are very useful to show me if something's overexposed, I usually like to use a light meter so I can be very precise on how much light is hitting my subject. So I'm going to go ahead now. Light meters can be controlled with a cable. They can be set to be triggered other ways. This one actually can actually pop the pocket wizards so I don't need to have any other cords that I'm using. Now let me go ahead and put the light meter as close as I can to Valerie's face. Go ahead and close your eyes. And, I'm going to trip the light, and I get a reading of four, which is really nice because that's a good level, I'm actually shooting at 4.5, so the light hitting the right side of her face is good.
Let's check the light from this side. So it's definitely too hot when I look at this, this F11, my camera's set for 4.5. So let's go ahead and dial this down. Rich, if you could turn it down to say maybe 6.5? And we'll test to see what the light output is. So there we're getting 5.6, it's a little brighter than I want, just notch it down to 6.0 and then we'll be ready to take our picture. >> 6.0 >> Perfect. So let's go ahead and take the shot. And, in this case, it should be perfectly balanced, and we shouldn't see any of those flashing black areas.
As you see, with the light meter, I had a lot more control and I got the shot that I wanted.
- Why shoot with strobes?
- Buying a lighting setup or parts
- Mixing brands
- Understanding the components of a studio strobe kit
- Getting to know your lights
- Triggering a light
- Setting up your lights effectively
- Testing your strobes
- Modifying strobe lights