Sunny 16 rule ... not optimal at 16?

Started Jul 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
SQLGuy Veteran Member • Posts: 5,723
Re: Sunny 16 rule ... not optimal at 16?

adymitruk wrote:

onlooker wrote:

FuzzyQball wrote:

I remember my father telling us all to stay still, while he wandered around with his light meter, took notes, made calculations, and then minutes later took the shoot. All this was because the camera did not have a light meter built in. Also you could not see the results until much later, so you had to exercise care. Using the built in meter, with histogram if you need to, is the way to go. Know your camera and compensate when you need to.

Incident light meter allows you to shoot much faster than a built-in one.

This is due to not waiting for the camera to process the image? IE, manual mode with manual focus will be the fastest? How about turning other processing off? RAW only? What's the best option on an NEX-7?

It might be better phrased as, "Incident light meters allow you to get the correct exposure for many scenes, in the camera, faster."

For instance, a couple of years ago I took a picture of the matte black Carrera logo on gloss black Porsche. I let the camera meter the scene. It came out mid-grey throughout, and I had to take it down like 2EV in post to get a print that matched the actual scene. Luckily, in this case, there weren't really any highlights to lose, but, if I had used an incident light meter, or shot a grey card to set exposure, my shot would have been correctly exposed from the start, without the need for post processing.

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