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A Shot in the Dark: A Creative DIY Guide to Digital Video Lighting on (Almost) No Budget by Jay Holben

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Do You Need a Light Meter?

Yes. Absolutely. And, more than likely, never.

How’s that for an answer?

The truth is that a light meter is a fantastic tool and never a bad thing to have in your arsenal, but one of the beautiful aspects of digital technology is the ability to see exactly what the image is going to look like immediately, even before you shoot it. This does require a calibrated monitor and a careful viewing environment to judge an image correctly, but digital technology affords you the opportunity to see your final image before you record it. Back in the world of film, there is a certain voodoo involved in understanding the photochemical process that required the cinematographer’s knowledge and experience to know—ahead of time—exactly ...

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