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Seth Baldwin

Light metre communication on set

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Hi, Just purchased a Sekonic L-858D-U, this is my first time getting into using a light metre on set, I've recently been doing mostly gaffing jobs, so I was wondering, as a beginner would I be able to get some insight on creative and or common practices of communicating light in the grip and electrics department with a light metre.



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Most of the time the gaffer does incident readings and tells the dp. Or the dp asks what something is reading at.


Dp might say can you get another stop out of the key light and you make adjustments until the meter reads a stop brighter.


Some dps might let you know they are looking for a certain lighting ratio and you can use the meter to check it.


Im not sure of any more formalized way to work.

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I take my own readings, and if adjustments are needed, I'll let my gaffer, or electrics know what I need them to do. If I'm busy with other things, I'll ask my gaffer to take the readings, but generally I do it myself.

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