Using a Photographic Light Meter Premium class

Don Giannatti

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9 Videos (1h 12m)
    • Introduction to Light Meters 

      4:07
    • An Introduction to Why I Use a Meter 

      15:09
    • What A Light Meter Does

      2:54
    • Setting the meter Up for YOU

      4:43
    • Finding Exposure Values with an Reflected Light Meter

      8:23
    • Photoshop Discussion of "Target" Shoot

      6:56
    • "Finding Middle Gray" an Exercise to Develop Seeing Tonality

      21:41
    • "Placing" the Exposure: Forest in Deep Overcast

      3:16
    • Paige in Natural Light with Camera Meter

      4:53

About This Class

This course is designed for those photographers who have just begun using a hand held light meter or who may not know what to do with their meters. or why they are important and useful tools for making images.

The light meter is a device that measures the intensity of light, whether that light is being reflected from a subject (reflected light) or falling upon the subject (ambient or "incident" light). The light meter is a tool that helps a photographer create more accuracy in exposures.

We take a very close look at all the ways a light meter can help a photographer develop a stronger understanding of the light, as well as learning how the different tonalities are expressed through a light meter.

Real world examples and some simple and fun exercises will help the beginning light meter user develop good habits, and stronger lighting.

From reflected light readings to "placing the exposure" for maximum artistic presentation to using the ambient dome for flash in studio, this course is a simple to follow discussion of meters.

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Don Giannatti has been a photographer for more than four decades. Starting with a desire to do fine art photography, he quickly made the jump into commercial. Over the decades he has owned studios in Phoenix, New York, Chicago and LA. A wide range of clients kept him shooting everything from studio product to fashion, beauty and travel.

With a preference for photographing people and still life, Don feels that lighting is the most important part of the image making process. Understanding the light and how the subject reflects the light helps photographers visualize the image before starting the shoot. This “subject centric” approach to light is what he teaches and is the subject of much of his writing.

He has authored three books for Amherst - all currently available at Amazon.com (keyword Don Giannatti).