Why do I meter under the chin with a lightmeter?

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dpyy
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Why do I meter under the chin with a lightmeter?
5 months ago

Every single tutorial or video has advised to meter for a portrait right under the chin. First of all why? If the face is the most important part, wouldn't you meter right at the face?

Secondly, I thought the whole point of meter is to ensure the perfect exposure for that particularly spot. I have found that with portrait the brightest spot can shift. Sometimes it's right on the nose, sometimes it could be cheek bone, it all depends on the lighting. So isn't it better to put the dome at the brightest spot to ensure that it's not blown out?

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