Ryan E. Walters, Cinematographer

Cinematic Excellence at 24 Frames a Second

Can You Really Use A Light Meter App?

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If you have been following my blog for any length of time, you have probably picked up on the fact that I am a big fan and proponent of using a light meter. With Sekonic's release of the 478D they increased the functionality of what a meter can do and made it more affordable. But what if you don't have $389? Can a free light meter app, or one that costs $4.99, do the job? That's what I set out to explore and the answer may surprise you.
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Update On The Sekonic Camera Profiles


The digital revolution has brought with it an unprecedented number of formats and finite control over how an image is recorded in camera. While I appreciate the options and level of control, it has added some complications into the mix when it comes to creating camera profiles with the Sekonic DTS software. In an effort to clear up the confusion, I've updated the following information & camera profiles on my site.
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Creating A Camera Profile For Your Meter

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Lean how to create a custom camera profile for use with your Sekonic 758Cine. I take you all the way through the process from shooting the chart to processing the footage with Sekonic's new Data Transfer Software v3.0. I have also developed a library of profiles that you can freely download at: ryanewalters.com/SP/sekonicprofiles.html.

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Lighting 101: Using The Meter

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Welcome to the language of light! In the Lighting 100 series of videos you will be taken through the basic concepts you need to understand and master in order to creatively use light to tell visual stories. In episode 101 Ryan reveals the need for, and the use of the light meter, an often overlooked and misunderstood tool. But through the proper use and understanding, it can allow you to shape light in a whole new way.

At the end of this video I show a couple of helpful tips for working with the Sekonic L-758Cine, and make mention of additional tips on my blog. After the jump you will find the tips I demonstrated in the video as well as three additional tips you might find useful:
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