Originally Posted by FlikFilms
So, I read reviews, including Will Crockets. Everybody loves it! I couldn't find anything bad about it. So, I bought it!
Ugh... First off, let me say I have never done anything more than play with a light meter. But every time I meter something it comes back a couple stops underexposed! I meter my gray card in the ambient light in my living room and it comes back saying i should shoot about 1/20th of a second at f2.8 when in reality my histogram is bottomed out. I end up having to shooth 1/6th of a second to get a good histogram. What gives? Am I doing something wrong or do I need to go get the Sekonic???
In incident mode, place the meter at the subject's position and aim the dome back towards the camera lens and take a reading. This will give you an exposure solution based on the amount of light falling on the subject.
In reflective mode, place your gray card at the subject position and orient it so that it faces the lens. Position the meter close enough to the gray card to take a measurement, but don't let shadows from your body or meter fall on the card.
You should be able to fill your camera's viewfinder with an image of the gray card and take a reading with your camera meter. The camera's solution (reflective) should match the meter's solution using either of the above metering techniques.
If you're still having problems, ask the store personnel to demonstrate the meter's functions to you.