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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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Calibrated Monitors

I mentioned several times that you don’t need a light meter if you have a professional, calibrated monitor.

I can’t stress the importance of this enough.

As I talked about in the previous chapter, color is incredibly subjective. In order to represent color, latitude, and exposure values correctly, you need a professional monitor with built-in calibration tools.

The worst thing you can do is just run out into the field and start shooting with nothing more than your camera’s viewfinder and/or a flip-out LCD screen. These little screens are great for composition, following the action, focus (sometimes), and for the most basic, rough ballpark evaluation of the exposure and color, but they’re not sufficient for fine evaluation ...

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