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William Brinson on Light Metering and Food Photography
 
Defining "Natural Luxury" by Controlling Light with William Brinson
 
Octavian Cantilli Shoots FlowRider Surfing
 
Lighting Workshop with Eric Kress, part 1
 
Lighting Workshop with Eric Kress, part 2
 
Lighting Workshop with Eric Kress, part 3
 
Lighting Workshop with Eric Kress, part 4
 
Touchscreen Metering: the L-478 Series
 
Off-Camera Metering with Steve Sint
 
L-758DR Quick Start Guide: Part 1
 

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Professional Photographers on Light Metering: C.S. Muncy
Photojournalist C.S. Muncy explains why switching from an in-camera meter to a handheld Sekonic immediately improved the quality of his photos in this introduction to his series of articles on using a handheld meter in the field. Read more »
Ambient Light Metering
In this article from our Professional Photographers on Light Metering series, photojournalist C.S. Muncy explains how he uses a handheld meter in the field to get precise exposures with black-and-white film. Read more »
Metering a Fashion Shoot
In this article from our Professional Photographers on Light Metering series, Octavian Cantilli divulges all the details of his lighting setups and metering techniques for fashion shoots with white, gray, and black backgrounds. Read more »
Octavian Cantilli Shoots FlowRider Surfing
In this article from our Professional Photographers on Light Metering series, Octavian Cantilli explains how he used two lighting setups to capture action shots of surfers. Read more »
How to Use a Handheld Meter
Bewildered by how to use your handheld light meter? Join professional photographer Jim Zuckerman as he explains Incident, Reflected and Flash metering modes and how to use them. Read more »
Interview: Tal Lazar on Creating Visual Styles and Sekonic's DTS
The cinematographer and American Film Institute Conservatory instructor talks about how the role of metering is expanding with new camera technology, how he uses Sekonic's Data Transfer Software to help create visual styles, and what pleasantly surprised him about the DTS program. Read more »
Metering for Large Format Film
In this article from our Professional Photographers on Light Metering series, Guy Rhodes shares his metering techniques and explains why it's essential to use a handheld meter for his 4x5 film images. Read more »
HDR
High-dynamic-range imaging can bring out highlight and shadow detail in your photos and let you apply a range of styles, from the realistic to the surreal. Jim Zuckerman explains how to capture the exposures you need to work creatively with HDR. Read more »
Lighthill on Light: A Conversation with the Cinematographer
Stephen Lighthill, ASC, chair of the American Film Institute Conservatory’s cinematography program, talks about what his students know about light that the rest of us don’t, how lighting a set is like playing pool, and why a light meter is the primary tool of the cinematographer. Read more »
Underexposure as a Creative Tool
Sure, you can use a light meter to get your exposure precisely right. But what if you want something different? Lighting expert Chris Grey explains how to use underexposure and image processing techniques to give your images a distinctive look. Read more »
Shooting through Cloth
Christopher Grey discusses how to use fabrics in studio portraits as a barrier, a design element, or a way to convey the mood of the image. Read more »
Lighting for Direction: Portraits of an Athlete
Lighting expert Chris Grey demonstrates how to set up your lighting to contour and accent the well-defined body of an athlete.  Read more »
Exposure Control and Depth of Light
Lighting expert Chris Grey explains how metering your light to create a consistent level of illumination on high-contrast subjects allows you to retain detail, get proper exposure, and save yourself from time-consuming Photoshop adjustments. Read more »
Rembrandt Lighting
Lighting expert Chris Grey explains how to create this painterly style of portrait lighting, and shows how variations on a Rembrandt lighting setup can achieve subtle changes in the mood of the image. Read more »
Cine Essentials: Metering and Modifying Reflections
Scheimpflüg Digital founder and production expert John Engstrom gives a step-by-step rundown of how to meter and light reflective surfaces on a cine shoot. Read more »
Cine Essentials: Metering and Modifying Available Light
Scheimpflüg Digital founder and production expert John Engstrom gives a step-by-step rundown of how to meter and modify available light on a cine shoot. Read more »
Lighting a Wreck
Dave Montizambert explains how he metered and lit a wrecked car for a public service campaign ad. Read more »
Metering vs. Lighting: Handling High Contrast
What is the difference between good exposure and good lighting, and how do you use a reflected mode to meter high-contrast scenes? Dave Montizambert breaks it down. Read more »
Putting the Devil into Your Shadows
Dave Montizambert reveals all his tricks for bringing evil out of the shadows and into your portrait studio. Learn how to take your metering to the dark side.  Read more »
The Big Light
How do you meter and light an 80-foot truck? Dave Montizambert explains. Read more »
Creating Simple Fill Light
Photographer Ab Sesay explains how to combine a well-defined main light with a subtle fill to create a dramatic yet flattering light.  Read more »
Using Gels
Photographer Ab Sesay explains how to meter gelled light to get exposure and color saturation right, and how to use the Sekonic L-478 meter's built-in compensation calculator to make the process quick and simple. Read more »
One Set, Multiple Looks
Photographer Ab Sesay explains how to use a single lighting setup to achieve multiple looks, allowing you to expand your creative options while staying within your budget and on schedule. Read more »
Interview: SNL Film Unit DP Alex Buono
The longtime Saturday Night Live Film Unit Director of Photography talks about scouting and lighting spots for the show on a tight schedule, how he recreates the looks of commercials and movies for parodies, and how he uses metering and monitors together to fine-tune his setups. Read more »
Interview: Cinematographer Eric Steelberg, ASC
The director of photography for films including Up in the Air, Labor Day, and Juno talks about how he uses a meter during preproduction and on set, how he handled the complicated lighting situations in Up in the Air, and the sometimes counterintuitive ways he's used light to communicate moods and themes in his collaborations with director Jason Reitman. Read more »
Light Placement
In this excerpt from his Amherst Media book Lighting Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios, Billy Pegram shows how to bring out a model's beauty, change the tone of a shot, and play up specific physical features. Read more »
Metering at Night
What are your odds of getting exposure right with an in-camera meter at night? Let's just say you shouldn't put any money on it. Jim Zuckerman explains how you can get better results with a handheld meter when lights are low. Read more »
Studio Lighting: Understanding Ratios
Determining exposure and working with shadows are the basic elements of studio photography. Jim Zuckerman explains how to meter and apply lighting ratios, position lights, and place shadows to craft the look of your studio images. Read more »
Cine Essentials: Scouting a Location
Scheimpflüg Digital founder and production expert John Engstrom gives a step-by-step rundown of how to scout a location to prepare for a cine shoot. Read more »
Metering 101: How to Choose a Light Meter and Why You Need One
Ever been confused about why you need a light meter and how to choose one? Learn the basics about light meters. Read more »
Jim Zuckerman on Landscape Photography: Shooting into the Sun
Photographer Jim Zuckerman explains how to meter and compose images that use the sun as a key element. Read more »
Incident and Reflected Light
Allison Earnest explains how to evaluate, manipulate, and meter incident and reflected light to sculpt a portrait. Read the excerpt from her Amherst Media book. Read more »
Lighting Rooms
How do you light a space featuring two models, one product, fifteen reflective materials, overhead tungsten lights, and a window? Robert Morrissey explains in this excerpt from his Amherst Media book. Read more »
Selections from Wes Kroninger's Lighting
Commercial and editorial photographer Wes Kroninger tells the stories behind his images, providing lighting diagrams, technical details, and tips in ten selections from his Amherst Media book. Read more »
Portraits Against a White Background: Step by Step
Kirk Tuck explains how to get lighting and exposure right when shooting a portrait with one or more people against a clean, white background in this excerpt from his Amherst Media book. Read more »
The Two-Softbox Key
Christopher Grey explains how to use a two-softbox portrait lighting setup to do the work of both key and fill lights while looking like just one source. Read more »
Flash Photography for Macro and Close-up
Robin and Rod Deutschmann explain how to light and expose the foreground and background of your images when you're shooting close-up in this excerpt from their Amherst Media book Flash Techniques for Macro and Close-up Photography. Read more »
Balancing Flash with Ambient Light
How do you combine flash with ambient lighting to balance foreground and background exposure in a scene? Jim Zuckerman covers the metering modes, camera settings, and processes that will give you creative control. Read more »
Common Metering Mistakes
So you metered your scene and checked your settings twice, but the shot just isn't coming out right. Jim Zuckerman explains how to avoid seven common metering mistakes. Read more »
Exposing for Sunrises and Sunsets
Photographer Jim Zuckerman explains how to meter to control exposure and tonal range when the sun is low in the sky.  Read more »
Shoot Better, Edit Less
Wish you spent more time shooting and less in front of a computer, fixing less-than-perfect photos? Jim Zuckerman explains how to capture stronger images in the first place. Read more »
Understanding Middle Gray
It's the guiding light for reflected modes such as spot metering. Jim Zuckerman explains how understanding middle gray will help you control exposure and tonality. Read more »
Wildlife Photography
Photographing animals and birds in their natural habitats requires many skills, including the ability to handle a multitude of lighting situations. Jim Zuckerman explains how to work with light when you're out in the wild. Read more »
Concepts for Flash Photography
When should you use high-speed flash sync, how do shutter speed and sync speed relate, and what the heck is propagation delay? Neil van Niekerk explains it all in this excerpt from his Amherst Media book Off-Camera Flash. Read more »
The Five Basic Portrait-Lighting Setups
Paramount. Loop. Rembrandt. Split. Rim. Bill Hurter provides light-by-light instructions and diagrams to show you how to create these essential portrait setups in this excerpt from his Amherst Media book. Read more »
Exposure with Off-Camera Flash
Allison Earnest explains how to take control of the balance between background and subject exposure on a location shoot in this excerpt from her Amherst Media book The Digital Photographer's Guide to Light Modifiers. Read more »
White-Line and Black-Line Lighting
Dr. Glenn Rand demonstrates how to use lights, reflectors, flags, and mirrors to create precisely controlled shots of glass objects in this excerpt from his Amherst Media book Lighting and Photographing Transparent and Translucent Surfaces. Read more »
Pro Digital Portrait Lighting: Mixed Light Levels
Learn how slight changes in your two-light setup will affect the look of your portrait subjects with this selection of lighting diagrams and images from Peter Hince's Pixiq book, Pro Digital Portrait Lighting. Read more »
Digital Portrait Photography: The Avatar Studios Shoot
How do you light a crowd of people in a beehive-shaped recording studio? Photographer Steve Sint explains the process of executing a tough group portrait assignment in this excerpt from his Amherst Media book Digital Portrait Photography. Read more »
Greenscreen
Want to photograph your subject in front of the Taj Mahal on a zero-dollar travel budget? You can drop in any background you like when you shoot photo and video subjects in front of a greenscreen. Learn how to set it up, light it, and drop it out with this excerpt from Amherst Media book Christopher Grey's Lighting Techniques for Beauty and Glamour Photography. Read more »
Simulating Window Light
Christopher Grey explains how to use studio lighting to simulate the look of natural light in a portrait setup. Read more »
Photographing Celebrity and Publicity Portraits
Christopher Grey talks about the particular nature of photographing performers and celebrities who present a public persona, and details lighting setups for publicity shots. Read more »
Working with the Sun
Shooting in the bright summer sun? Christopher Grey explains how to soften harsh natural light with scrims, reflectors, and fill flash. Read more »
Dragging the Shutter: Mixing Strobe and Ambient Light
Christopher Grey goes in-depth about how to control color and motion in images taken with a combination of ambient light and strobes. Read more »
Working with Fall-Off
Christopher Grey explains how to create even illumination and how to control fall-off for creative purposes. Read more »
Telephoto in the Studio
Christopher Grey talks about the advantages of using long focal lengths for studio portraits, and touches on the lighting and filter options that can help you control depth of field.  Read more »
Double Diffusion
Christopher Grey explains how varying the layers of diffusion between your lights and your model can shape the mood of your portraits. Read more »
Creating a Wall of Light
Christopher Grey explains how to create a clean, white background that serves as a large light source while retaining separation with the subject. Read more »
Creating a High-Key, Retro Look
Christopher Grey details a setup and technique for replicating the look of 1970s film photography. Read more »
Cut Your Background in Half
Christopher Grey presents a simple technique for creating a background light modifier that will shade one side of the frame and leave the other brighter. Read more »
Soft Retro Lighting
Christopher Grey explains how to recreate the look of portrait lighting from the 1950s. Read more »
High-Key Lighting
Christopher Grey goes into detail about how to set up and meter your lights to create a high-key image. Read more »
Targeted Contrast Control
How do you ensure that you're capturing the full tonal range of your scene? You can use spot metering to measure the contrast range of an image. Find out how with this excerpt from Cora and Georg Banek's Rocky Nook book Learning to Photograph. Read more »
Background Light
How do you set up and meter a background light for a well-exposed portrait? Jeff Smith explains it in this excerpt from his Amherst Media book Step-by-Step Lighting for Studio Portrait Photography. Read more »
Lighting for Product Photography: Shoes on a White Background
Allison Earnest demonstrates how to light and photograph a pair of athletic shoes for an online store in this excerpt from her Amherst Media book Lighting for Product Photography. Read more »
Corporate Portraits
Working with overscheduled business people can be a challenge for any portrait photographer. Alyn Stafford explains how to set up and meter your lighting to make even the most time-deprived executives look good in this excerpt from his Amherst Media book Flash Techniques for Location Portraiture. Read more »
Flash-Fill and Flash-Key
How do you determine accurate fill-flash exposures every time or use your flash as a key light? Bill Hurter explains in this excerpt from his Wedding Photographer’s Handbook from Amherst Media. Read more »
Lighting Ratios
Don Marr explains the fundamentals that any working photographer needs to know: metering for two or more lights, using fill and back lighting, and how to light broccoli. Read the excerpt from his Amherst Media book. Read more »
Nailing It the First Time: Sekonic L-358 Light Meter Review
San Francisco wedding photographer Richard Bui explains why a light meter is one of his favorite tools and how he puts his to use during a shoot. Read more »
Incident vs. In-Camera Metering
Photographer Jim Zuckerman sheds light on the difference between incident and reflected metering modes, and explains why handheld meters can handle situations that in-camera metering can't. Read more »
The Characteristics of Light
Stephen A. Dantzig gives a lesson on how to control exposure by understanding the quantity, quality, color temperature, and additive nature of light. Read the excerpt from his Amherst Media book. Read more »
Lighting for Photography: Control
Dr. Glenn Rand explains how to calculate exposure and how to test your digital camera to determine its true ISO equivalent in this excerpt from his Amherst Media book. Read more »
Harmonizing Flash with Ambient Light
Learn how to set your flash and exposure to capture natural-looking images of people in mixed light with this excerpt from Steve Sint's Pixiq book Digital Wedding Photography: Art, Business & Style. Read more »
Lighting Large Products
Is it bigger than a breadbox? In this excerpt from his Amherst Media book, John Siskin explains how to light and expose product and still-life subjects that won't fit on your shooting table. Read more »
Lighting Ratios for Small Flash Photography
How do you control contrast and use light to shape your subject? Learn to apply lighting ratios with this excerpt from the Amherst Media book Bill Hurter's Small Flash Photography. Read more »
Digital Portrait Photography: Incident Light Meter Positioning
Positioning your meter and yourself can affect the accuracy of your readings and the look of your images. Steve Sint covers the fine points of metering technique in this excerpt from his Lark book, Digital Portrait Photography. Read more »
The Separation Light
How do you highlight or play down specific areas of portrait subjects and make sure that dark hair doesn't merge with the background? Jeff Smith explains how to set up and meter separation lights in this excerpt from his Amherst Media book Corrective Lighting, Posing, and Retouching for Digital Portrait Photographers. Read more »
Overcast Day
How do you take advantage of the soft, even light of an overcast day without ending up with images that look flat and unflattering? Don Marr explains in this excerpt from his Amherst Media book Available Light. Read more »

Webinars & Online Seminars

10/30/2014 1:00 PM EDT - How to Combine Flash and Ambient Light with Bowens Travelpaks Read more »
 
On Demand: 11/14/2012 1:00 PM EDT - Creating a Portable Portrait Studio Read more »
 
On Demand: 10/16/2014 1:00 PM EDT - An Introduction to Using Off-Camera Fill-Flash to Produce Amazing Portraits Read more »
 
On Demand: 10/09/2014 1:00 PM EDT - Your Portraits’ Color and Exposure are not Perfect – but they can be! Read more »
 
On Demand: 09/24/2014 1:00 PM EDT - Perfect Exposure and Color for Landscape Photography: Why You Need the Sekonic L-758DR and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport Read more »
 
On Demand: 06/26/2014 1:00 PM EDT - Get The Best Images In Any Weather Read more »
 
On Demand: 05/22/2014 1:00 PM EDT - Make Exceptional Landscapes Happen Read more »
 
On Demand: 05/06/2014 1:00 PM EDT - Creating a "Talking Senior Portrait" with Stills and Video Read more »
 
On Demand: 04/17/2014 1:00 PM EDT - Adding Fill Flash for Beautiful Ambient Light Portraits Read more »
 
On Demand: 03/20/2014 1:00 PM EDT - Portrait Style with Aperture and Lens Read more »
 
On Demand: 02/27/2014 1:00 PM EDT - Beautiful Portraits with Continuous Light Read more »
 
On Demand: 12/12/2013 1:00 PM EDT - Sell More Online with Great Product Photography Read more »
 
On Demand: 10/22/2013 1:00 PM EDT - Tools & Techniques for Photographing the Passage of Time Read more »
 
On Demand: 10/10/2013 1:00 PM EDT - Mastering Exposure for Landscape Photography, Part II Read more »
 
On Demand: 09/12/2013 1:00 PM EDT - Using a Light Meter for Better Portraits Read more »
 
On Demand: 08/08/2013 1:00 PM EDT - Studio Portraits with Mirrorless Cameras and Off-Camera Flash Read more »
 
On Demand: 07/18/2013 1:00 PM EDT - Mastering Exposure for Landscape Photography Read more »
 
On Demand: 06/20/2013 1:00 PM EDT - Become the Master of Off-Camera Flash! Read more »
 
On Demand: 05/02/2013 1:00 PM EDT - Perfect Exposure & Color in Landscape Photography Read more »
 
On Demand: 04/04/2013 1:00 PM EDT - Shoot Videos with Your DSLR and Make Money Doing It! Read more »
 
On Demand: 03/21/2013 1:00 PM EDT - Classical Posing and Portrait Lighting Read more »
 
On Demand: 03/07/2013 1:00 PM EDT - The Perfect Exposure and Perfect Color Toolkit Read more »
 
On Demand: 12/12/2012 1:00 PM EDT - Mark Wallace on PocketWizard & The New Sekonic L-478DR Read more »
 
On Demand: 09/27/2012 1:00 PM EDT - Location Environmental Portrait Photography Read more »
 
On Demand: 08/15/2012 1:00 PM EDT - Blending Flash & Ambient Light for Beautiful Outdoor Portraits Read more »
 
On Demand: 08/09/2012 1:00 PM EDT - Using Sekonic’s new RT-32CTL transmitter with the PocketWizard ControlTL System Read more »
 
On Demand: 07/11/2012 1:00 PM EDT - Measuring and Evaluating Light in Landscape Photography Read more »
 
On Demand: 06/13/2012 1:00 PM EDT - Get It Right In-Camera - Shoot more and edit less! Read more »
 
On Demand: 12/19/2012 1:00 PM EDT - Lighting for Composite Portraits Read more »
 
On Demand: 11/17/2011 11:00 AM EDT - Powerful Landscape Photography Enhancements with Adobe® Photoshop® Read more »
 
On Demand: 09/21/2011 1:00 PM EDT - Control the Light and Improve Your Photography:
Part 4 — Creating Great Landscape Photographs
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On Demand: 08/30/2011 1:00 PM EDT - Control the Light and Improve Your Photography:
Part 3 — Studio Portrait Lighting
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On Demand: 08/11/2011 1:00 PM EDT - Control the Light and Improve Your Photography:
Part 2 — Better Environmental Portraiture
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On Demand: 07/22/2011 1:00 PM EDT - Control the Light and Improve Your Photography:
Part I — Portraiture Using Available Light
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On Demand: 04/20/2011 1:00 PM EDT - HDR Photography from Realistic to Fantastic — Part 2 Read more »
 
On Demand: 11/11/2010 1:00 PM EDT - HDR Photography from Realistic to Fantastic — Part 1 Read more »
 

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