Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by BlackWRX, Jan 5, 2005.
It's like a giant forum for whoring pics.
You can't talk about photography ALL the time...and I've learned a shit ton just reading some of the threads. They're few and far between but no one likes constantly talking about the technical aspects of photography.
And besides, it's an art forum too...you're suppose to share and critique.
Whadda ya want to know? How to light a night exterior if you're filming an entire city block? How to "dodge" and "burn" prints? How to make a cheap stedicam? What the little numbers on the side of a lens means? Ask away.
I'd like to know if a spot meter (if I have the name right) really has an advantage over the onboard light meter that most 35mm SLR's come with.
I think you mean light meter.
Yes, but really only in extreme lighting conditions or for truly accurate readings. Say for example you're taking pics of a band and they're lit by spotlights. The rest of the stage is dark. You can't get close enough to get an accurate reading with your built in meter. If you try to take a reading with your camera's meter it will "see" the dark area and try to overexpose your shot. The spot meter comes in handy.
Another example is if you're taking sunset pics and you want to meter the sky around the sun but not the sun itself.
Another situation is a lighting setup when you want to have a precise ratio of key to fill light. The spot meter is your friend because you can meter the shadow side then the key side and adjust your lights accordingly.
my cam has a spot meter exposure feature
Thanks! That's exactly what I was looking for