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01-17-2011, 12:47 AM   #1
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Light meters..Do we need them ?

my question is this.

has the digital SLR with instant review of the taken image, negated the need for a light meter in a studio situation, when firing flashes in manual flash mode...eg not using PTTL, or TTL....

after all you can set the flashes output on the flash, Sync it with the camera body. take the image..instantly seeing if the exposure is under, over or correct....does this negate the need for a light meter...in the days of film bodies..you needed it..but do we now ?

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I suppose you mean "flash meter".....while I would like to have one, so far I have been able to do the setup in precisely the way you mention and can't find a "need" to justify getting one.
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They are useful for setting lighting ratios, which are difficult to see on the screen.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
They are useful for setting lighting ratios, which are difficult to see on the screen.
That is precisely why I would like to have one. Unfortunately, it hasn't yet risen to the top of the priority list for gear acquisition. My flash usage falls squarely into the "farting around" category, for which screen chimping has to do the job.

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In his video "OneLight Workshop", Zach Arias teaches us the strobist way, shooting completely manual and not using a flash meter. He makes adjustments by looking at his LCD.

In his Kelby Training videos, Frank Doorhof uses a flash meter, a color checker, and shoots tethered to a laptop.

So you can use a flash meter if you want, but you don't have to

I have a flash meter and a light meter (Shepherd brand) and they are useful - I could have my subject hold the flash meter and take a single test shot, then I'm good to go. Or I could skip the light mater and take a few test shots, looking at the LCD and adjusting each time, then be good to go. I think meters were more important in the film days when there was no LCD.

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