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Nuts and Bolts Filmmaking by Dan Rahmel

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Light meters are critical for proper lighting whether you’re shooting on video or film. While instructions for properly using a light meter are beyond the scope of this book, it is important to describe why a meter is necessary. The growth of digital technology, monitors, and video assist has convinced some filmmakers that using a meter is unnecessary. Only after they’ve shot poorly lit footage or gone dramatically over the shooting schedule that it becomes apparent that a light meter is an investment well worth making.

The most basic lighting for scene simply makes everything important visible. Most notable ...

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