What is a Light Meter?
In photography the right amount of light is very necessary. A light meter measures the amount of light that will give proper texture to the photographs. This device includes either a digital or an analog computer that will enable you as the photographer to set the shutter speed, the focal length and the time for which the photo should be exposed.
Types of Light Meters and their Usage
These are a few tips that will help you to use light meters in correct manner and will also help you to know the extensive usage of different kinds of light meters.
Hand Help Light Meter
Take your DSLR and go to your shoot location. Set your camera to the manual mode and select the ISO and aperture. Once done turn the light meter’s white dome and set the ISO and aperture to the same reading as your camera. Now hold the meter in front of the subject with the white dome facing the camera and then click measure.
You must aim them at the subject from the camera and the light from the subject is reflected. In case you are capturing an object that has a very bright background then a lot of light will be reflected. This makes your meter get a high reading and thus the picture remains underexposed. But if the object has a dark background then there is very little reflection and that gives a low meter reading causing your picture to be overexposed. In this condition what you need to do is go with the flow. When you have a well lit place then tone down the light a bit for crisp photos. But if the area is dark where you are shooting the object then you need to brighten up the place.
Incident light Meters
These are of a different kind and they are faced at the camera from the object you are shooting. The functionality behind this meter is that it records the light meter from the incident ray. In other words, as the subject faces the light source so does the incident light meter and this meter records the light coming from the source.
The three things that can make or break a picture are aperture, shutter and ISO. You need to play with these to get the perfect photograph.
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