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On this episode of The Wandering Dp Podcast I share a recent experience on set and how light meters can help you work faster and get a better end result.

During the podcast I misspoke on two seperate occasions.

#1.  This is, in fact, episode #34 not #33.

#2.  I mention towards the end that you decrease the brightness of the background when you bump up to ISO 640.  This is not correct.  The ISO doesn’t change relative brightness.  Everything in the image appears to be a stop brighter.  What I meant to say is that the Dynamic Range is remapped to shift a stop into the highlights.  This shift allows the lens to close down or ND to be used to limit the amount of light hitting the sensor which in turn gets us the result we needed.

The important thing to remember is that the Dynamic Range can be remapped and you can use the placement of Middle Grey to save yourself in certain situations.

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2 Responses

  1. Justin

    Is it often during a shoot you find your background is going to be hotter than the key in camera, so to get it 1.5-3.5 stops under for your preferred ratio you rely on the grade? Or do you find the most the time, at least with INT. that you can manipulate the background to get it under key?

  2. Kyle

    Hey Patrick,

    Great stuff. I listen to the podcast to and from work and keep up with your articles. Thanks for sharing all the knowledge! Two questions. I have a Sekonic L-478D light meter. I want to create a custom exposure profile for my camera, but Sekonic requires an additional $130 purchase for their exposure target. I also want to buy x-rite’s colorchecker passport for video. Hoping to kill two birds with one purchase here:

    1) Do you know if the colorchecker passport for video will work for making custom exposure profiles?

    2) Is creating a custom exposure profile for my camera pertinent, or do you primarily use the meters to nail your ratios?

    Thanks in advance!