January 3, 2012

How to Use a Light Meter - an Excellent Cinematography Tutorial from Ryan E. Walters

This site has covered light meters in the past (here and here), but this video by Ryan E. Walters is too good not to share. In the video, Ryan elucidates very well how and why to use a light meter (his pick: the Sekonic L-758C). People pay good money for tutorials of this caliber, so thanks to Ryan for sharing this video for free. Very helpful stuff for DPs:

More info on Ryan's site below. But first, a bonus! Here's his tutorial for lighting a scene at ISO 800 (which is the native ISO of RED cameras, the ARRI ALEXA, and the Sony F3 if I'm not mistaken):

Ryan's stock footage is available here.

Link: Lighting 101: Using The Meter - Ryan E. Walters

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LoL, I have the one without batteries.

January 3, 2012

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moebius22

Great find, thanks for sharing. (Always happy to read lighting posts..)

January 3, 2012

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Oli Kember

Turns out the Robotic Kermit The Frog voice was informative. Thanks!

January 4, 2012

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brent

good video!

January 4, 2012

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yang

Are there any more lightning videos like this anywhere on the web? Someone has some good recommendations? I already saw a bunch of lightning set-ups when it comes to filming an interview of some sort. But I'm really looking for film scenes likes this one.

January 5, 2012

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Tim

Thanks for another brilliant share-- and RW's site is the bomb. Brilliant. May many eyeballs look that way. Cheers, M

January 5, 2012

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Two excellent lighting tutorials by a DP who really knows how to light as well as communicate his working process both technically and aesthetically. Ryan is extremely generous to share such high quality tutorials which take a lot of time and effort to create.

January 6, 2012

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priceless information thanks

January 23, 2012

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Don't forget the black loupe, inseparable mate for DPs

December 30, 2012

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Javier

thank u... ryan koo .....im a new cinematographer

October 12, 2013

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n j shaji.......

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October 12, 2013

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n j shaji.......

Thank you very much for the inforamation

March 28, 2014

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