Sorry I know it’s been awhile folks, but life got busy, as you all know. I’ve been really wanting to catch up on my blogging, but didn’t really have any fantastic to write about. Then the other day I was looking at my workstation and then it hit me, I’ll write a review: San Diego Photographers Tools: The Sekonic L-308S-U.
Like most photographers, I am always looking to improve my photography; whether it’s a new process, technique or photographers toy. I hate to use the word toy, because we don’t actually play with them. Is it vital to our survival, no? Is it a useful tool/gadget to help us improve our photography, yes? And of course it is nice to treat one’s self.
Ok, back to my story. I wasn’t planning on buying a light meter, I was like most photographers and said who needs one. I can guess pretty much the ISO, set my aperture and then make some minor adjustments, a few shots later. After many articles and blogs later, I decided to take a chance. Since most of my photography is events and headshots, I thought this would work great on some of my corporate headshots and guess what it did.
It is fairly simple to operate and basically a little backwards in a way. First you set your F-stop for your camera (1/2 stop for Canon and 1/3 for Nikon). Then you set the measuring mode or EV mode, this is either going to be ambient light or flash, pretty simple. You then set your ISO, and then shutter speed. If you are using flash, you’ll wanna set your ISO at 100 or 200 and you shutter speed about 160. You take a light sample (place the unit under the subjects chin) and voila, you have your preferred aperture setting. The backwards part, I was referring to is that if you need to change your aperture, you will need to adjust your shutter speed or ISO, which is kinda strange, since most of us shoot in Aperture only mode. The neat thing about this light meter is that not only does it do ambient light, but it measure flash lighting, by simply toggling the mode button. It gives you a couple of seconds to hit the remote, before taking a sample. You can also use a flash cable if you desire. The Sekonic L-308S-U also had a Cinematography mode, as an added bonus. All in all, I would say that this light meter was a good investment. The price is reasonable. I got mine on sale at Amazon.com on sale for $199.00, but check around to see who has the best price.
I hope I have not bored you too much. I had a lot of fun writing this one like all of my blogs. I trust I have given you some valuable tips to think about, before planning your next shoot. It’s not all bad, just be clear and informative, it will save you a lot of headaches. Remember nothing is set in stone and there is not a perfect formula, so go out and have some fun.