RED Workshop & Sekonic Light Meter

Today a group of us had our first RED One camera workshop of the year; for myself and a few others it was the case of refreshing and continuing from our workshops last year. I have previously shot a short film on the RED so I feel confident on using the camera. Having already spoken to Dave expressing my interest in Lighting Design as opposed to camera operating he has agreed for my focus in these workshops to be on lighting, acting as a camera assisting rather than the operator. At the same time I will have the opportunity to delve back into the RED camera where I deem it appropriate to my self directed study of Lighting Design.

Today I got to grips with the Sekonic DigitalMaster L-758CINE light meter. A light meter is typically used by the cinematographer, but it can cross over into the lighting department as it is dealing with locating the proper exposure for a photograph or digital image.A light meter is used to determine the optimum light level for a scene. This digital light meter offers an extensive range of frames-per-second, cine shutter speeds, and shutter angle settings. The meter can be calibrated to match the specific data of the camera in use, all of this can be easily programmed for reference throughout a shoot.

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I had a great opportunity to dabble with the light meter today and already feel confident in using it. I found the device very easy to use and have realised how simple it will be to use on set, simply using the incident or reflective reading mode in relation to the pre-determined shutter speed and ISO. If you are shooting with a stills camera the light meter has so much more potential in its functions (i.e. flash modes), it is still worth understanding but something that won’t be relevant for the current projects I have lined up.

Speaking with Dave this session has made me much more aware of the science of lighting as opposed to its physical applications. I feel this is my next step in my research, understanding the science can help me make verdicts in my light choice. Some further readings from this session include:

– Familiarisation of relationship between F stops and T stops
– Inverse Square Law
– Mired Shift
– EV – The reading that logarithmically expresses the constant quantity of light combined from the shutter speed and aperture value, with 1 EV change the quantity of light doubles or halves
– Location Lighting For Television (Alan Bermingham)

I will start to familiarise myself with the science of lighting and terminology, hopefully by next weeks workshop I can apply this to the relationship between the RED camera and light selection.

 

 

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