Thursday, November 29, 2018

Light Meter Accuracy vs Cost

My old light meter (Middle) has served me well for 10 or 15 years but is dying quickly. I think I paid $229 for it. 

It has been my back up meter to my main studio light meter (Left $599) for a year or so. I keep it in my bag for location shoots. It has started giving me weird error messages so I replaced it with my new back up meter (Right $349)

They are all made by Sekonic, the standard name in light meters. My old meter (Middle $229) is well made and came with a lined soft leather case. The other two newer meters are cheaply made, smaller domes, and come with a real cheap plastic case.

They all come with basic functions but the only functions I use are a setting for flash, and a setting for available light.

But here's the important part of this... look at the light readings all 1/125 sec. at f2.0. All the same exact readings.  So my feeling is why $599 for a meter when the cheaper meters are just as accurate.  Easy, the $599 meter gives you a choice of gray, blue or pink screen colours. So worth it right? This industry is so stupid. I bet if these were made for any industry other than photography you cold buy them at Best Buy for $69.   

Monday, November 19, 2018

Headshots in a Pool Hall?

I loved the opportunity to meet and photograph 18 future leaders and superstars last night. Doing their headshots for a website and LinkedIn.  It was the club's social night, so we set up our portable studio in MacLaren's Pool Hall on Elgin between the pool tables. The headshots were required for updating their website and their use as LinkedIn profile photos.

MacLaren's Pool Hall is surprisingly large inside but a little cramped setting up equipment between the tables. Working in tight spaces seems to be something I am getting used to.

They were a great group and he had a lot of laughs. The only problem was that my light meter picked last night to stop working. I discovered the light meter error code E6 means I'm dead and you're out $300 to buy a new one.

I couldn't believe my bad luck having to deal with a dead meter but years of experience have taught me how to eyeball the studio light's exposure and ratio. Nailed the exposure on the first attempt. Old dog's... Old trick's :-)

Working on the headshots now in Photoshop, I think they will be pleased.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Taking a few shots at the NCO Ski Team Reception/Sponsor Appreciation Event

I had a great time last night photographing the NCO Elite Ski Team's Reception and Sponsor Appreciation Event.  It's not often I get to meet a room full of our young inspiring athletes.

To excel at anything at such a young age is impressive.  On top of the natural talent, the long hours of practice and commitment you also have to recognize the commitment of their entire families both in time and financially. I am grateful to have a job that allows me to meet people everyday that I would not normally meet.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Cedar Ridge High School

Thank you Alexandra and teacher John for inviting me to speak to your Entrepreneur and Business Management class at Cedar Ridge High School today.

The school itself was a very modern concept ant they even had a couple of dogs wandering in the common areas. 

It was nice to share some ideas about business and working for yourself.  It was more of a discussion than a lecter so that made it very easy on my part. They students had some great questions and we had some laughs and I'd love to go back anytime.