Understanding Your Light Meter: The Basics

INCLUDED IN THIS LESSON:  Detailed Written Breakdown, Side by Side pictures to show Hand Placement and instruction

IN THIS LESSON YOU WILL LEARN:  This lesson is designed for the Entry Level Filmmaker that is looking to understand lighting ratio’s, how to read light meters, balance your light and match quantities.  In this lesson you will understand the etiquette on how to position your hand to accurately read light sources of all types and environments.

  • How to read your meter
    • How to control what hits your light meters ball
    • How to adjust and angle
  • Which meter is right for you?
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kevinwaczek 1 days ago

Hey Shane! Just to clarify, during the “Day Exterior Work” when you are reading the “ambient sky light” verses the “ambient fill light” would the sky light be considered the key in that situation? The reason I am questioning is because I don’t usually associate the key light with an ambient.

    • Shane Hurlbut, ASC    29 days ago

      @kevinwaczek HI Kevin, In a back lit scenario, yes you are correct, the ambient sky light would be the key light, unless you are pushing one side to be brighter than the other side, then you are looking at your bounce source being the key light.

ctdonoho 20 days ago

Who is responsible for recording all of the exposure data and ratios of a particular shot or scene so that if a reshoot is necessary, you can reference the data and match the shots?

    • shanehurlbutasc    18 days ago

      @ctdonoho Hi Ctdonoho, Your Gaffer for lighting, you 2nd AC for camera info, height, lens, etc. Your DIT for LUT and internal camera settings