As a dabbler in cinematography, I've spent a good deal of time studying techniques about lighting and exposure, most recently with incident light meters. Not used very often in photography, the incident light meter is an invaluable tool in working out camera exposure and lighting for scenes and sets in films, even in this digital era.
I found this article explaining just how you should use an incident meter but it also explained some key points in why they are so useful.
Art Adams explains in depth how you can effectively use a light meter to expose your scene and composition.
Ever since my days working in film I’ve tried to find some way to equate my sense of brightness to real world exposure. I learned to do this well with film, but HD has been a mystery… until now.
On a recent Alexa shoot I gave up on the idea of running to the monitor and scrutinizing the waveform for every shot. I had to work too fast and the lighting had to be perfect. Instead I relied on my incident meter. This is unusual for me because I’ve never trusted incident meters.
Article originally found on DVInfo.net