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    Portrait metering?

    When metering a portrait inside using hot lights, is using an incident reading or a reflected reading with a gray card more accurate?
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    Re: Portrait metering?

    It depends on what you're comfortable using.
    I use an incident meter, and I have used one for everything; the job can be done just as well using a reflected-light meter if you know how to interpret the readings.
    Accuracy is a matter of opinion.

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    Re: Portrait metering?

    I haven't seen someone pull out a grey card (except to shoot it) in ages. The vast majority of cinematographers and gaffers use incident meters. What Ari said. I use a spot meter for landscapes and an incident meter for people if I have one with me. Otherwise, I'm completely fine with my spot meter knowing what various shades of skin need as far as +/- the reading.

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    Re: Portrait metering?

    Easy spot meter the face.

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    Re: Portrait metering?

    Quote Originally Posted by C_Remington View Post
    Easy spot meter the face.
    Yup, I just spotmeter a lit part of the face and assign that a zone. It doesn't really even change much in trickier situations like strong backlight.
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    Re: Portrait metering?

    Perhaps another way to ask the question is not which type of meter, but how best to use each type of meter.

    We can use a spot meter and get unfortunate results, and we can do the same with an incident meter.
    Last edited by Ken Lee; 21-Jul-2013 at 12:27.

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    Re: Portrait metering?

    I always meter incident, when i could as it gives me better middle tone concept.

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    Re: Portrait metering?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Lee View Post
    Perhaps another way to ask the question is not which type of meter, but how best to use each type of meter.

    We can use a spot meter and get unfortunate results, and we can do the same with an incident meter.
    Very true.
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