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Lighting for Digital Video and Television, 3rd Edition by John Jackman

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USING A LIGHT METER FOR VIDEO

If you come from a film background, you probably never leave the house without your trusty Polaris or Sekonic strapped to your hip. Then you enter the world of video and everything is different. Manufacturers don’t bother to give you an ASA/ISO equivalent exposure index for the cameras! How inconsiderate. You can’t really use a meter without an exposure index, which is a measure of light sensitivity.

For you folks, here are two simple procedures to figure out the exposure index (or EI) of a specific video camera.

The first method uses a photographic gray card. Illuminate the card evenly and zoom in on it so that ...

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