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Sekonic 558
Old 10-24-2006, 07:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, as per recommendations from a lot of you, I finally broke down and purchased a light meter (as recommended mostly the Sekonic 558R). Realizing that I have no idea really how to use it yet , any rules of thumb or general advice. As JimmyD said one time, I'm trying to take control of my photography now and any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Sekonic 558
Old 10-24-2006, 12:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 10-24-2006, 05:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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ditto what dax said.

and read anything else you can put your hands on re: using light meters.

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Re: Sekonic 558
Old 10-24-2006, 06:52 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just picked one up myself, I got tired of using sync cords with my Minolta 4. I've been practicing high key all day and found rectracting the dome and pointing it at each strobe individually really helps to determine what each light individually is contributing. Then extend the dome and point it at the camera to determine what to set the camera to. My meter and camera seemed to be 1/2 stop out of sync so I adjusted the meter IE pushing both iso buttons and turn the dial until it over exposes to 1/2 stop. I don't know if there's a better way but it seems to be working so far. Enjoy your new toy, I have.
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Old 10-24-2006, 07:40 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Remeber to calibrate your meter in relation to your camera (and film/lab combination if you're traditional) There's a difference between the raw meter reading and the working setting on your camera. Although a strict zone system working model relies on spot meter readings and manipulated processing/printing, I've found that understanding the process has been very useful for me in my work - even though I don't use spot meters or chemistry anymore.

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Re: Sekonic 558
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You are a a detail guy based upon your day job. It is an experiment. Everything everyone has said is good. Run an experiment. Take notes. Where did I hold the meter what did it say bracket at that one over one under compare what you get and what you like. I've found with my meter I opem up one stop from what it says when I am in tight and the meter is on the face. I believe the reading when I am wide except when the subject is dark skined then I open up. Everyone knows what works for them. I'm not sure anyone does it like I do but I know with my lights, my set-up and what I want how much to adjust to the meter. Keep shooting your favorite!

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Re: Sekonic 558
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I found this link as follows;

http://super.nova.org/DPR/Ratios/

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Old 10-25-2006, 06:53 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for the all help. I appreciate it...
 
 
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Check out shootsmarter.com. Will Crockett's "Digital Exposure Control" DVD has general usage information about meters, and the 558 is one of his recommended devices. Their Digital Portrait DVD series (up to 3 volumes now) is also good, especially if you're just starting out.
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