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Become Better Photographer: Using a Light Meter with David Bergman

Become Better Photographer: Using a Light Meter with David Bergman

*For more information visit AdoramaTV YT page, and of course you can keep up with David on Instagram and Twitter @DavidBergman. LATEST UPDATE: David opened up new IGTV episodes where you can ask him questions live! find out more at http://www.AskDavidBergman.com

Although many professional photographers prefer to ‘eye-ball’ their aperture instead of using a light meter, some of the set environments – like shooting out in the bright sun light, can skew even a seasoned photographer’s sight, making this little wonder of technology a necessity for every photographer. In this episode with David Bergman and  Adorama TV we will explore the basics behind using a light meter.

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David shares ” To understand how light meters work you need to know a little bit about how light works. No matter which direction it’s coming from, light eventually hits your subject, and then bounces right off when you take a picture! The meter inside your camera reads the amount of light that’s reflecting off your subject, and hitting the camera sensor. An external light meter reads the incident light. That tells you exactly how much light is hitting in the first place, and it’s not influenced by the reflected light.”

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Mr. Bergman continues “…so who cares? Well you probably learned in elementary school, that different colors absorb and reflect different amounts of light! So even though the same amount of light might be hitting a black wall and a white wall, they reflect different amounts of light back. I can prove this by zooming in on a dark area of this wall, and taking a picture on shutter priority using 400 ISO at 1/80th of a second.”

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” The cameras meter is calibrated to what’s called 18% gray, which is a neutral light grey color. So it reads the light reflecting, and will want to lighten the dark wall to make it grey! The aperture it selects is f/5.6 at the same time. if I shoot a bright part of the wall, the camera also wants to make it the same color gray. So it closes down the aperture all the way to f/16 to darken the bright wall.”

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“The problem is that I want the dark wall to stay dark, and the bright wall to stay bright. I want it to look exactly like it does to my eye by using an incident light meter! I can measure the actual amount of light that’s hitting the wall in the first place. It doesn’t look at the reflected light at all, so it doesn’t know or care how bright or dark the wall is. I can set my light meter using the same two numbers that I used in my camera. 400 ISO at 1/80th of a second, and it tells me the aperture should be f/10. now I can set my camera manually, and see that the dark wall is dark, and the bright wall is bright, just like they should be.”

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