Understanding Light Metering & Exposure Video Posted

November 29, 2007 by  
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In this digital age, metering is becoming a lost art. Many new photographers seem to be relying on the back of the camera for metering and correct exposure. Although, as a photographer mastering proper metering techniques is essential for achieving consistent repeatable results.

You here people say, with digital your don’t need a light meter, just look at the LCD panel (well nothing could be farther from the truth.) Proper metering techniques are more important with digital that with they ever were with film. Film actually had more latitude than digital…

Incident vs. Reflective

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There are two ways to meter your subject, incident and reflective. In this section,      we  will discuss the two different metering techniques and when you should use        each. We   will also explain the when to use the disk and when to use the dome        for    proper metering.

We will also explain explain how light meters are calibarted and why. By the end of this section you will Understand 18% Gray and the significance it has in metering and proper exposure.

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Metering Techniques

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In the next section we will cover proper Metering Techniques. For example, where     to Place the Meter for proper exposure. The goal of this section to show you             proper  metering techniques so you will know what effect you will get before you       make the  exposure. We will also explain lighting ratio’s in a straight forward easy     to understand manner.

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Practical Application

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In the next section we will go through metering an Actual Shoot step by step. We will start   with the main light and show you where to position the light meter for proper results,           then  meter the fill light, background light and hair light. We will establish a lighting ratio   and  show you how to determine this with proper metering techniques.

In the last section we will be working with a dark skinned model in the studio.

There seems to be a lot of confusion as to how to properly light and expose dark skin.         What exposure do I use? How do I meter properly?

Do I?

  1. Open up and additional stop?
  2. Move the light closer?
  3. What’s the best light to use?

Join us in this training video as we answer all your metering questions.

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Understanding White Balance

November 28, 2007 by  
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There are a number of factors that go into the making of a good portrait. One of the most important factors is good color.

In this video, we will explain the theory of creating a white balance for your digital camera.

We will explain how color temperature affects white balance. As well as how other factors influence color temperature and, therefore, the quality of your images. We will cover all the different white balance options including when to use WHAT & WHY. This video will show you how to get the best color possible from your digital camera. You will learn why Auto White Balance (AWB) is easily fooled and not the best choice.

Next, we will look at the advantages of the raw file format. We will demonstrate why a Custom White Balance is the best choice and show you how to create a custom white balance in camera, while using your raw processing software. We will demonstrate this using Adobe Lightroom. We will also demonstrate situations when a custom white balance might not be necessary.

Next, working in LightRoom, we will show you how to use white balance as a creative tool to achieve a warmer look in your photographs or create images with a fashion flare.

In the last section, you will learn the proper techniques for creating a custom white balance in mixed lighting conditions. After watching this tutorial, you will have a complete understanding of white balance and know when to use what for the effect you want to achieve. You will also understand how to “trick” your camera’s digital white balance for creative results.

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