How to Use a Light Meter to Improve Your Photography

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Light meters might sound like one of those photography accessories that should remain the persevere of professionals—but actually they can make a dramatic difference to your pictures. In this video renowned cinematographer Mark Vargo explains how to use one properly.

He knows what he's talking about, too: he's credited as a second unit director of photography on films ranging from Deep Impact through to Planet of the Apes to, uh, Ted. As a result, most of his tips originate from his experiences of shooting video—but the same principles definitely hold for photography too. Just don't be but off when gets a bit technical, and you might find your results improve rapidly. [Mark Vargo via Reddit via Peta Pixel]