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Hambone Lewinski 4:08pm, 20 December 2007
I know! I'm full of questions today.

To improve my understanding of exposure and dynamic range, sometimes I just ignore the meter and use the "Sunny 16" rule to set my exposure. Often I will get back a roll that I didn't nail the exposure on, but the negs are still very printable.

The other thing I will do is take one meter reading at the beginning of a roll and try to observe the changes in scenes that I am shooting and adjust my exposure accordingly.

So, for you folks with the fancy-schmancy cameras with a buildit PROGRAM mode (or whatever you kids call it these days) do you ever try to meter with just your eyeballs?

Jason
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Randall Cottrell 10 years ago
nope lol
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
"nope lol"

How come? You chicken?

Jason
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K. Praslowicz 10 years ago
I stopped using a meter about six or so rolls ago. Spent a week or two with my spotmeter in my pocket just going "This looks to be f/8 @ 1/60" then checking my guess by metering my hand and pllacing it at zone VI. Didn't take long to get most guesses within a +-1stop range. After the holidays, I want to try experiemnting with selenium intensification to see if I can't post-push the negatives that might be a little underexposed to get some of the contrast back to make printing them easier.

The meterless thing is entirerly for when I'm spontaniously shooting street. If I'm going out with a tripod or my big negative gear, I'm bring the meter and placing stuff where I want it.
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Hambone Lewinski 10 years ago
I have used selenium in this way. You get ~1 stop out of it... It may blow the highlights on a properly exposed neg.

I noticed that you were shooting w/o handheld meter on a meterless camera last night.

What spotmeter do you use? I would like to invest in one for my MF, which is usually much more deliberate than my 35mm shooting, but most are so pricy.

Jason
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K. Praslowicz 10 years ago
I got a good `ol Pentax digital spotmeter. Buy used, you'll save a bundle. I think I payed about $180 for mine in brand new condition off a dead guy.
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HBRstudios 10 years ago
I shot a roll of 120 with an old Voigtlander TLR that I have in my collection -- guessed on all of the exposures (including ones in sun and shade, plus inside the house) and to my surprize, I was right on the mark each time. My film experience is still hangin' on, I guess.
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