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Behind the Lens by Jay Holben

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3.4The Tools of Digital Exposure, Part I—The Waveform Monitor

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A look at SMPTE color bars as represented on a waveform monitor. Note the designated areas and how they fall on the waveform.

Back in my day (yes, you can visualize me sitting in a rocking chair with a smoldering pipe in one hand, an afghan on my lap, peering out at you over the tops of half-moon spectacles, if you so wish) the light meter was a cinematographer’s best friend; a most primary tool and an invaluable asset. Although there were some exceptions—the late Douglas Slocombe, ASC, BSC, could famously call out the exposure just based on looking at the back of his hand—they were ...

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