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Old September 22nd, 2011, 04:20 PM   #1
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$15 light meter does the trick!

While working on a Home Illuminance Study for CEA and CEDIA, we found a $15 light meter that tracks pro meters really well.

This meter measures lux. Divide lux by ten and you get ft-candles, which are generally used in cinematography. Such a meter is especially helpful for setting lighting ratios and maintaining them from scene to scene. You can measure fill and key separately and ensure that they're correctly balanced.

FWIW, I introduce the lighting study here:
Please contribute to CEA/CEDIA Home Illumination Study

Details are available at CEA/CEDIA Home Illumination Study.

If you can participate in the study, that would be great! In any case, owning a light meter and learning to use it for setting up lights can help take you to the next level. And for only $15? Not bad.
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Old September 26th, 2011, 12:33 PM   #2
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Re: $15 light meter does the trick!

Yes you can get some interesting buys if you look outside the photo and video world. Whilst looking for colour temperature meters, I came across this:


My Sekonic light meter has a cine mode so I do not need the above; but it could be another useful option for some folk?

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