How to use a light meter with speedlights

Take the guesswork out of lighting. Learn how to use a light meter and stop monkeying around.

There are two ways to light a shot:

  • Chimping
  • Use a light meter.

Chimping was a term that was made up shortly after the introduction of digital cameras. It’s when you see photographers take a photo then look at the back of the screen, take another shot and look at the back of the screen and keep shooting and looking and shooting and looking. This is often accompanied by “OOs” and “Ahs” and when you start to see photographers doing it over and over they resemble chimps … OO! OO! OO!

There is nothing wrong with chimping but it’s not very accurate. If you are trying to add light to your images, Gina highly recommends that you invest in a light meter. It takes all the guesswork out of lighting.

In this tutorial, you will learn:

  • Gina’s step by step approach to lighting with speedlights using a light meter
  • Why you should always use a light meter
  • How to finally use the light meter you bought ages ago but haven’t used yet.

Gina is using the Minolta 1V. She has had this light meter for 25 years. They can be picked up used for around $100.

categories: Lighting, Tutorial, , , , , , ,

Want this tutorial?

Sign up for Gold Membership to access this tutorial and hundreds more
  • More than 200 tutorials and masterminds
  • Live masterminds each month
  • Personal mentor
  • Great community of like-minded photographers

SIGN UP TO GINA’S NEWSLETTER

Get your copy of Gina’s guide “The Shot” FREE when you sign up to her newsletter. You’ll also receive FREE Lightroom presets every month.

How to direct and pose like a pro

Mentoring

Want Gina Milicia as your mentor?

About Gina

About Gina

Gina Milicia is one of the most widely known and respected photographers in Australia. She is the master of capturing that ‘magical moment’... READ MORE

×

GET A FREE COPY OF "THE SHOT" - SIGN UP TO GINA'S NEWSLETTER YES PLEASE!