Shooting indoors can be a real challenge. Often there is little available light and we must resort to using flash otherwise photos may be under exposed or blurry due to camera shake.
Here are a few tips that will help you make better indoors photos.
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In the age of digital – light meters have, for the most part, lost popularity with photographers. With digital cameras it is easy enough to just take a photo, review the image immediately, and adjust your exposure as necessary. However, If you want to take the guess work out of getting perfect exposure then an incident light meter may be for you.
Note: If you don’t know why you need a light meter check out Light meters are dead, long live the light meter!
The Gossen Luna-Pro is the best light meter I’ve found used for less than $100. Is is an older model analog light meter and as a result takes a little more effort however as you will see it is still quick and easy to take a reading and you can take the money you saved and put it towards some new glass.
Side note: The Gossen Luna-Pro also works with flash which is a nice perk.
Here is a quick tutorial for taking a meter reading with the Gossen Luna-Pro (Other analog meters should be similar).
Step 1: Set the ISO (ASA).
- Turn the inner wheel until the ASA arrow points to the desired ISO.
Step 2: Taking a meter reading:
- Hold the meter near the subject and point the white bulb towards where the camera will be.
- Press the red button on the side to activate the meter
- Turn the outside wheel right/left until the needle lines up with “0”
Step 3: Reading the exposure values:
- Now that the reading is captured. The proper shutter speed and aperture values will line up as illustrated below.In this example a shutter speed of 1/125th @ aperture ƒ2.8 will provide proper exposure.
Note: Any other shutter speed + aperture combinations that line up on the meter will produce the same exposure.
Click here for a link to the full manual:
Manual Exposure Cheatsheet –
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