Using a grey card with spot meter?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Mike Cowie, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. Mike Cowie

    Mike Cowie Guest

    Hi, I'm very new to photography. I've got a Kodak Grey Card and a spot
    meter. Can anyone please tell me: When I'm taking a shot that includes
    brightly lit areas and darker shadow areas, where do I hold the grey
    card? In the shadow or in the sun lit part of the shot? Sorry, if this
    seems very basic, but that's the level I'm at! Many thanks.
     
    Mike Cowie, Sep 10, 2003
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  2. I make that a judgement call personally. I would place the card in that
    portion of the frame that I wanted to be exposed as 18% Gray. If you think
    about this, say place it in a brightly lit area, then meter on it. That
    brightly lit area will be rendered normally and the shadow areas will be
    exposed at very low values. Now place the card in shadow and meter it, and
    you will get a photo where the highs are burned in and very bright, and
    shadows are normal and detailed. In black and white shooting this is how you
    can shoot a scene the way your mind visualises it. Manipulating the values
    also works for color but occasionally a color shift might be apparent in the
    print. If you want a shot as it really exists place the card in an area of
    middle values, and meter it, or consider using an incident meter.
     
    John Garrison, Sep 10, 2003
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  3. Mike Cowie

    Andrew Jens Guest

    And create a bracketed sequence - 1/2 or maybe 1 stop over and under. Write
    down the settings of all shots and eventually you'll see which ones you
    like.
     
    Andrew Jens, Sep 12, 2003
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