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Do you have to spend a good deal of money (+$45-$55) to get a good light meter? Should a light meter show both incident and reflected light? Which meters are recommended?..

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Uh? Where do you find light meters for that price?.

And why do you think you need one?.

Handheld light meters are useful for most studio flash photography, and of some use to advanced photographers who need more advanced metering than is included with the excellent built-in meters..

It's a weird question... care to elaborate?.

BAK..

Comment #1

I can't recommend one, but I found this article very useful: http://www.fredparker.com/ultexp1.htmTim..

Comment #2

Thank you very much for the link..

When you use the manual mode on your DSLR don't you need to use a light meter to set your camera correctly?.

I'll be shooting some inside sports events and want to experiment with shutter speeds, etc. so I thought I would need a meter...

Comment #3

Your camera has a built-in light meter that you view in the viewfinder..

J. D.Colorful Colorado.

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Comment #4

No, you shouldn't need a light meter at all for that. Your camera will tell you what the exposure should be. The exposure portion of your viewfinder should tell you how far under/over exposed at whatever shutterspeed, aperture and ISO you have set. Simply adjust one or more of the 3 until you have it centered..

I paid around $300 for my Sekonic 358, which is a great light meter, but I only ever use it for studio strobe exposure testing...

Comment #5

MusicDoctorDJ wrote:.

Your camera has a built-in light meter that you view in the viewfinder..

Your camera has a reflected light meter. For incident light, hold a gray card in front of your camera...

Comment #6

Sorry if the reply seems too simple, but check your local camera stores or Ebay for a used manual meter. I still use my 25 year old Sekonic clunker. New fangled digital toys will not help you learn about the light, in fact it will only complicate matters. There's nothing like seeing the needle instead of a digital readout. Truly. And the old clunkers can be had for a song...

Comment #7

Cool9 wrote:.

Thank you very much for the link..

When you use the manual mode on your DSLR don't you need to use alight meter to set your camera correctly?.

Yes, however you can put your camera in one of it's program modes, see what settings it would choose, then put it in manual mode and adjust away..

I'll be shooting some inside sports events and want to experimentwith shutter speeds, etc. so I thought I would need a meter..

A meter would simplify the process a bit, but you'll really want a reflected meter if the sports are in an area where the lighting is more direct like a court or rink, and that's going to cost some money..

You'll probably be better off shooting in shutter or aperture priority and dialing in some exposure compensation if necessary workflow-wise for shooting sports..

Paulhttp://PaulDRobertson.imagekind.com..

Comment #8

Paul Robertson wrote:.

Cool9 wrote:.

Thank you very much for the link..

When you use the manual mode on your DSLR don't you need to use alight meter to set your camera correctly?.

Yes, however you can put your camera in one of it's program modes,see what settings it would choose, then put it in manual mode andadjust away..

I'll be shooting some inside sports events and want to experimentwith shutter speeds, etc. so I thought I would need a meter..

A meter would simplify the process a bit, but you'll really want areflected meter if the sports are in an area where the lighting ismore direct like a court or rink, and that's going to cost some money..

You'll probably be better off shooting in shutter or aperturepriority and dialing in some exposure compensation if necessaryworkflow-wise for shooting sports..

Paulhttp://PaulDRobertson.imagekind.com.

Or, just shoot manual and adjust the exposure using the histogram. Better than any meter...

Comment #9

I agree that an old analog meter will work for most hobbyist. I have one aroudn somewhere. I wasn't suggesting that the OP get somethign like the 358, which I got primarily for the free internal pocket wizard transmitter they were offering at the time, which can be very handy. In fact, I was suggesting that he didn't need one at all...

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