Archive for the 'video' Category

Video 4: Advanced Metering

October 6, 2010

Mark Wallace is back with the fourth and final Adorama video of a four-part series on metering. This installment focuses on using the Sekonic L-758DR, with Wallace demonstrating some advanced concepts of incident and reflective metering. He mounts his meter on a stand and positions it where he wants to check his strobes—a trick he often uses in the studio. He also explains how to use the meter with the zone system, and includes still images fully documenting different exposure settings.

Thanks for a great series and all the knowledge, Mark!

Don’t forget to check out Part 1Part 2 and Part 3 of this four part series.

After you’re done learning from one of the masters of metering, check out all the Sekonic meters to step up your game and nail your exposures in-camera, saving you countless hours trying to tweak them in Photoshop or Lightroom.

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Sekonic Video ProFiles: Steve Sint

October 1, 2010

We’re delighted to introduce two things here on the Sekonic Blog. First off, a feature on our Web site called, “Video ProFiles.” Secondly, our first feature photographer in this series is Steve Sint, master Wedding Photographer.

Shooting these videos with Steve was a great experience. His professionalism, personal connection to his clients, technical chops and no-nonsense approach to the business of wedding photography is the clearly the result of his many years as a working pro. He knows his stuff, and we’re so glad he took time to share it with us, and you! Without further adieu, here are the two videos!

Video 3: Using a Light Meter

September 29, 2010

Mark Wallace is back with the third Adorama video of a four-part series on metering. This installment focuses on how to use a light meter. He breaks down the key elements of the “exposure triangle,” which are aperature value, shutter speed, and ISO. By entering any of two of the values into your light meter, the meter will produce the missing variable, enabling you to dial in the correct exposure on your camera.

Wallace demonstrates the Sekonic L-358 meter throughout, and explores the four different modes available on the meter: ambient mode, cordless flash mode, cord flash mode, and wireless flash radio triggering mode. He goes into detail on two modes, basic ambient metering and wireless triggering.

For ambient metering, he provides both outdoor location and indoor studio examples, along with many handy tips, such as a multitude of issues when positioning your meter in front of a model, and settings galore. Thanks for both the overview and the details, Mark!

Don’t forget to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this four part series.

After you’re done learning from one of the masters of metering, check out all the Sekonic meters to step up your game and nail your exposures in-camera, saving you countless hours trying to tweak them in Photoshop or Lightroom.

Video 2: Exposure Compensation

September 15, 2010

Mark Wallace returns in this second Adorama video of a four-part series on metering. This installment focuses on exposure compensation. Watch Wallace demonstrate how cameras expose for 18% gray, whether shooting a solid black or solid white wall. He teaches us how to set exposure compensation to underexpose by two stops, making a black wall black. Conversely, he moves in the opposite direction by two stops to have a white wall correctly register as white.

Moving to practical applications of exposure compensation, he photographs a model wearing black against a black background, and white top against a white background.

In a great practical demonstration, Wallace also shows what’s going on via the LCD panel on the back of your camera while employing exposure compensation. Thanks for the demystification, Mark!

As a precursor, don’t forget to check out Part 1 of this four part series.

After you’re done learning from one of the masters of metering, check out all the Sekonic meters to step up your game and nail your exposures in-camera, saving you countless hours trying to tweak them in Photoshop or Lightroom.

Video 1: Understanding TTL

September 8, 2010

The unstoppable Mark Wallace is at it again! You can now see him in a series of four videos on light metering. He starts off the series detailing how your camera meters light in an attempt to get the correct exposure. TTL (through the lens) reflective metering and specific metering modes such as spot metering, partial metering, average metering, center weighted average metering, and matrix metering are covered.

Watch this space for upcoming breakdowns of the other videos in this informative series. As the series progresses, Wallace demonstrates how to rock like a pro with a light meter.

After you’re done learning from one of the masters of metering, check out all the Sekonic meters to step up your game and nail your exposures in-camera, saving you countless hours trying to tweak them in Photoshop or Lightroom.

Free Friday Photo School Seminar 8/20/10

August 16, 2010

Sekonic and FridayPhotoSchool are proud to present this FREE learning opportunity for you THIS FRIDAY!

The first in a series of educational video seminar series!

Will Crockett from ShootSmarter.com has created some great content on how to dial in a correct exposure for one of the age-old problems photographers face. Too dark or too light? Crockett solves the problem, and has created some free online video seminars showing you the answers. Why not get it right in camera, instead of trying to doctor your photos on your computer for hours afterwards?

Crockett is hosting a free FridayPhotoSchool.com seminar. Focusing on turning off some of the automated systems in your camera, and exploring manual exposure controls, Crockett aims to empower shooters by mastering their cameras, instead of the other way around. Be sure to check out his 80-minute free seminar this Friday. Set a calendar reminder!

Too Dark? Too Light? Just Right!
CONTROLLING THE BRIGHTNESS OF YOUR PHOTOS
With Will Crockett
FRIDAY AUGUST 20 around lunchtime at 1pm ET. 12n CT. 11am MT. 10am PT on www.fridayphotoschool.com

See you there! Note: the presentation is free, but registration for FridayPhotoSchool.com is required to watch the seminar.

Gary Land Video: Sekonic ProSpeak

June 11, 2009

We’re very fortunate to get Gary Land on the telephone to interview him on how and why he uses Sekonic light meters. Check out this video by a modern master who hails out of Boston, MA.

VIDEO: Live from Imaging USA

January 15, 2009

Well…. not so live, but Mark Wallace just posted videos from the show floor. Jump to 2:54 to see Sekonic

Mark and Phil talk about the best light meter for the beginning studio photographer plus radio triggering frequencies in the USA and Europe, and how to identify what you need.

We’re confused. Is 3:1 three times weaker or three times stronger? (our Martinis, of course.)

September 11, 2008

Mark Wallace, a master of making complicated things look and sound simple, has delivered yet another of his brilliant how-to-videos. Yes, you guessed it. It’s all about lighting ratios. You’ll understand why it’s so important, how to control it and what results you can expect.

You can also see this video on his blog or in HD on Vimeo. How cool is that? As readers know, we’ve featured Mark twice before (here and here), from his “Digital Photography One on One” series.  So, set up the your lights, get out the Sekonic, and follow Mark’s sage advice. We’re just kidding about the Martini. You have to stay alert in class.

Video: Sekonic Data Transfer Software for L-758DR and L-758 Cine

July 11, 2008

What is dynamic range and why should you care? Well, if you want the best possible image quality, it all starts with accurate exposure, especially with digital capture. You could be accidentally throwing away highlight and shadow information by relying on your camera’s histogram. Profiling your camera and lens combinations gives you the best possible opportunity to make educated decisions about exposure. One of the benefits of this is less time spent manipulating your images in post, and more time shooting. Sounds good, right?

Our video on the Sekonic Data Transfer Software explains what it does when used with the Sekonic L-758DR light meter (or L-758 Cine) and the Sekonic Exposure Target and how to use it. The Target also doubles as a gray/white balance card!

 

Sekonic Data Transfer Software

Sekonic Data Transfer Software