Understanding Your Color Meter: The Basics

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  Detailed Written Breakdown, Side by Side pictures to show Hand Placement and instruction     –Supplied w/English Subtitles

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  This lesson is designed for the Entry Level Filmmaker that is looking to understand color temperature, how to read simple color meters, balance your lights to match daylight, tungsten, fluorescent, practical and LED light Kelvin Temperatures.  In this lesson you will understand the etiquette on how to position your hand to accurately read the color temperatures of all types of sources and environments.

  • How to read your meter
    • How to control what hits your color meter disc
    • How to adjust and angle
  • Which color meter is right for you?


<<<Braden B>>>Excellent advise Shane. Thank you. BTW, I have been binging your movies over the last couple of weeks and I have just been stunned with the color. Wow!
<<<Christopher K>>>You just give without boundaries, and you give with passion! Thank you for every word!
We are directing all comments and questions to our New Forum, please find the related course in the forum’s categories to submit.

Cameradan 23 days ago

Is the Minolta Color Meter still a good option even with LEDs today or am I better served with the newer Sekonic models? The Minoltas a pretty cheap on ebay.

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    28 days ago

      @Cameradan Hi Cameradan, The Minolta is only good for HMI and Tungsten, with some measurement on Fluorescent tubes. For all of the new LED technology you really need a Sekonic C-7000 color meter. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1199079-REG/sekonic_401_7000_c_7000_spectromaster_color_meter.html/?smp=Y&ap=y&lsft=BI%3A514&gclid=Cj0KCQjwz6PnBRCPARIsANOtCw03f2K6d54yKoWJpOL-4uTyXlOleL7-f6AndM_0608Gdqb2sSfq3lwaAlPTEALw_wcB