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Probably flash, but I use a gray card for that.
 



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An interesting discussion. I looked around to see if I could get a light meter. I am looking to setup a home studio and was wondering if a meter could be useful.
They are expensive! I don't need anything fancy and am usually a value-for-money guy.
Any recommendations for me?

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I use my light meter like a witch doctor uses a rattle. Around my neck, it acts as a badge of professional expertise. Between shots, I'll often go into the waiting room and wave it madly over the faces of my upcoming clients. In a large circular motion, I'll zero it in to the center of their face and inhale a gasp of delight, taking the opportunity to compliment my subject on their extremely high level of skin reflectivity. I'll say "Look! You're a 1.8, that's a great score. We're going to have a marvelous shoot."...

And we do.
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Originally posted by skm.sa100 skm.sa100 wrote:

I don't need anything fancy and am usually a value-for-money guy.
Any recommendations for me?

The Minolta Auto Meter IV F is a good choice that can handle pretty much anything. If you really get into it you can look for accessories, too: telescopic attachments for spot readings, specialized diffusers, a mini-receptor for macro work ...
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Holy cow, that was hilarious, Clyde! I pictured you doing this, but in my vision you were wearing a safari helmet and jacket. Thanks for the laughs.
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