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5 Tips for Consistent Metering

PhotoVision Team

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⁠#filmtipfriday 5 Tips for Consistent Metering! With so many sources of information out there, how do you decipher what the best metering technique is? After hundreds of thousands of rolls, we have learned that keeping it simple is your best bet for consistent, accurate exposures:⁠

πŸ’‘ USE A HANDHELD METER. Handheld light meters allow you to accurately read the amount of incoming light hitting your subject.⁠

πŸ’‘ BULB + PLACEMENT. Where you place your light meter in relation to your subject is important. Place your meter directly in front of your subject, bulb out, facing directly toward where you will be standing when you shoot.⁠

πŸ’‘ STRETCH OUT YOUR ARM. And stand to the side of your meter to avoid bouncing any reflective light off of yourself, which would affect the meter reading.⁠

πŸ’‘ METER FREQUENTLY. Light changes constantly, meter frequently to ensure consistent exposures. Consistent exposure leads to consistent scansβ€”and allows your film to move through the lab quicker!⁠

πŸ’‘ CAN’T METER YOUR SUBJECT DIRECTLY? Not a problem, as long as you and your subject are in the same light, simply reach your meter high above your head point it bulb out *away* from your subjects and *boop* take a meter reading. πŸ‘Œβ 

πŸ”Ž Looking for a handheld light meter? We like the Sekonic L-358 or Gossen DigiPro F2. ⠀⁠

Do you have questions about metering? What is your favorite technique? Sound off below! ⠀⠀⁠

πŸ“· by @ashley.faiman of @dancersara1 on #fuji400h with a #pentax645nii at @thegraylab.

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