Archive for August, 2008

Digital video means never leaving your light meter home

August 20, 2008


Digital video, and the HD explosion that has ensued, erroneously makes filmmakers think they don’t need light meters any more. Here are the words of three professionals who explain why that’s a myth. Stu Maschwitz, director, author, and accidental technologist (his words) eloquently explains the consequences of not using a meter at his blog.

J. Van Auken addresses the same subject, focused more on lighting ratios. Both explain concepts very clearly and emphasize the additional problems when transferring to film. And finally, Kendall Miller (via Fresh DV) weighs in on why you need to calibrate your meter and how to do it. Kendall also speaks clearly and with authority. Thank you, gentlemen.  


Using Sekonic Meters to Balance Flash and Ambient II – Digital Photography 1 on 1 with Mark Wallace

August 16, 2008

Mark Wallace of SnapFactory made a GREAT video about balancing ambient and flash with the Sekonic L-758DR – very instructional, very detailed. Learn and enjoy. Thanks, Mark! Be sure to browse his blog – it’s chock full of video goodness. He runs a knockout workshop series, too.

Also can be viewed on, makers of the (awesome) LightSource podcast, and Vimeo