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    Re: Incident meter technique

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Sawin View Post
    ...when pointing the meter back toward the camera should it be held vertically or horizontally?
    All that matters is the axis of the dome. It should be horizontal, and parallel to the axis of the camera lens.

    I usually just hold the meter over my head, pointing toward my back, the same direction as the camera from the subject position. If the lighting is uniform this works well. If dense clouds shade the subject, not so well.

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    Re: Incident meter technique

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    All that matters is the axis of the dome. It should be horizontal, and parallel to the axis of the camera lens.

    I usually just hold the meter over my head, pointing toward my back, the same direction as the camera from the subject position. If the lighting is uniform this works well. If dense clouds shade the subject, not so well.

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    Thanks Leigh.


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    Re: Incident meter technique

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    All that matters is the axis of the dome. It should be horizontal, and parallel to the axis of the camera lens.

    I usually just hold the meter over my head, pointing toward my back, the same direction as the camera from the subject position. If the lighting is uniform this works well. If dense clouds shade the subject, not so well.

    - Leigh
    You're quite right, of course, that all that really counts is the axis and direction of the dome. I'm not sure this is a significant consideration, but perhaps the meter should be held in the manner specified by the manufacturer. For example (the meters I use): Gossen LunaPro and Sekonic L-558 - vertically; Weston - horizontally. Perhaps Weston is unique in how it likes to be held. I always held it vertically until (many years later) learning that Weston specifies holding it horizontally... the way the meter marking as are oriented. I doubt the balance of the mechanism changes that much but...

    And last time I reached my hand over my shoulder to point the meter behind me I wrenched my shoulder, so now I usually turn around. Something to think about...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    And last time I reached my hand over my shoulder to point the meter behind me I wrenched my shoulder, so now I usually turn around. Something to think about...

    LOL...I share your pain...often. Thanks for the info on the Wesson.



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    Re: Incident meter technique

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    All that matters is the axis of the dome. It should be horizontal, and parallel to the axis of the camera lens.

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    What is the axis of a dome? I am not getting this.

    Should the dome point at the camera, or should the dome point at the sky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by docw View Post
    What is the axis of a dome? I am not getting this.

    Should the dome point at the camera, or should the dome point at the sky?
    The dome should point at the camera

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    Re: Incident meter technique

    Thanks, Ian. That seemed intuitive but after being a spot-meter guy for so many years, I needed to check.

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    Re: Incident meter technique

    Quote Originally Posted by docw View Post
    What is the axis of a dome? I am not getting this.
    The dome is a hemisphere.

    Its axis passes through the center of its base, perpendicular to its base.

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    I cannot understand how people cannot grasp how to use incident light metering. Has some cultural shift occurred in my fifty years of photography? I'm serious. In the early Sixties everyone (I knew) understood it.

    Read Leigh's posts and be happy.

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    Re: Incident meter technique

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    I cannot understand how people cannot grasp how to use incident light metering. Has some cultural shift occurred in my fifty years of photography? I'm serious. In the early Sixties everyone (I knew) understood it.

    Read Leigh's posts and be happy.
    I did, and I am. Please forgive me for causing you such stress.


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