Reading the Exposure Meter
Choosing the Right Meter
Incident Meters: Measures the light falling on subjects from the direction of the light source itself. This tells the photographer how bright each side of a person's face might be.
Important: Both light meter types ultimately provide the same information but in different ways;
- An incident light meter is typically used in video or film where the camera and/or subject may move in space around a subject or object and the light would then change.
- The reflective light meter is typically used in photography because the camera and subject stay relatively stationary throughout the shoot.
DSLRs & Metering Exposure
SPOT: Takes a meter reading specifically from one spot in the image. This is ideal for when you're taking a picture with a lot of variation in exposure, for example: a subject that is back-lit, side-lit, or other complicated lighting situations.