How’s it going?
Those of you who follow me on social media i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ will have read that since returning from The Netherlands I’ve had to send one of my lenses into Nikon for repair…my beloved f/2.8 24-70mm.
Thankfully the repair isn’t down to me dropping the lens or anything like that but seems to be down to dust/grime; a repair that according to Nikon UK should be relatively inexpensive and quick to sort out.
So what was wrong with the lens?
Well, during last Sunday’s workshop the first set up I worked on with 3 lights was all shot at f/11. Reason? I was shooting a composite and f/11 ensured that all of the model from the tip of her nose to the back of her head was well and truly in focus…vital when dropping in a new background.
So I set everything up with the lights and background all prepped at f/11, I set my new camera to the same, took a shot of our model Nadine and then…WHAT THE??? Majorly over exposed shot….how could this be?
Ok being honest, at this point I’m thinking…hmmm Light Meter…must be down to the Light Meter seeing since I was trying one out for the first time, however one of the workshop attendees takes a shot from the back of the room with a trigger and gets a perfectly exposed shot…also at f/11.
At this point I do my best not to show panic setting in as I’m beginning to think it could be down to my brand new Nikon D800…barely out of its wrapping but something must be wrong with it.
Time to dive into the camera’s menu…maybe by accident I’d switched to Auto ISO…No! Bracketing on?…No! Finally I tried a different lens and Boom! Perfect exposure.
Anyway long story short I’ve sent the lens into Nikon for repair and sure enough it’s just dirt but from this point on my way of shooting has changed…I’m now sold on using a Light Meter!
I used to think that using one would slow me down, however it’s done quite the opposite. Setting up lights, getting backgrounds and subject perfectly exposed from the very first shot and leaving me to get on with shooting is taking no time at all. I’ve set up the similar lighting more times than I can remember however by being open to learn I’ve now changed the way I set up, especially in the studio as it now involves the use of my new friend…the Light Meter; a friend who has potentially saved me a lot of time and money…by not sending in my Nikon D800 for starters 🙂
So…my question to you is “Are you using a Light Meter” and if you are why didn’t you tell me earlier?…only kidding 🙂 Seriously though, I never thought I’d use a Light Meter…I thought my cameras meter was more than enough but I’ve been completely converted into using one. Have you? If so, for what reason?
Right, I need to make a move so have a great day and I’ll catch you tomorrow,