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For simple light measuring this app worked just as well as the $200 Sekonic I'm using now. The $3 or $4 paid version is well worth it.
If you're shooting outdoors, you can use Sunny 16. For an app, I use this one on my phone and it pretty much nails the exposure every time. The design is a bit stupid, but it's accurate at least.
I have a question for using smartphone app lightmeters. For reference the app I'm using is LightMeter Free on the Google Play Store.
Are the readings I'm getting from this app for 35mm systems? If the app tells me to shoot at 1/125 for f/3.5 and ISO 400, do I set those exact settings on my TLR? I know that aperture sizes and focal length are different on medium format, do I have to account for this difference or can I just set it to f/3.5 and 1/125 and it'll come out okay?
Thanks in advance.
Any recommendations for light meter apps on android? I'm currently using this, but interested in seeing what you guys are using too!
This is the one I use. My only complaint about it is that it defaults back to 100 ISO any time you navigate away from the app or the screen locks.
Assuming you can set the exposure on the Olympuses manually, you could just use an external light meter instead. You can even use your phone if you have an Android device with an ambient light sensor. I have this one and haven't found it to be wildly innacurate
[link] (never used the apple version but it is the same dev)
Can do incident and reflective modes, also has a zoom function for spot metering. The downside is the free version resets the ISO to 100 every time you close the app which led to me metering incorrectly a few times.
Paid version is $2 and is worth it.
I use a Sekonic L308 now. It has some flash metering capabilities and is easier to use one handed.
Interesting, if it's this app then it's the same one I use and I haven't really found any issues with it (aside from being needlessly ugly).
Are you using it in Incident or Reflective mode? Generally I have it set to Reflective and line up the scene in the center, using the zoom at the bottom to approximate the focal length as much as possible.
I use the paid version of this lightmeter app, and it's good enough. Of course you can always just get a legit light meter, but the cost different isn't justified at my level of use.
As for note taking, I currently run around with a notebook and a pencil to record things. I tried to use Google Keep, but I find that it's just faster for me to write than to fiddle with typing on a droid screen... (and I use Google Keep in my regular day to day, so it's not like it's a new app to me).
Smartphone app is the current cheapest method if you have one already, this always seems to be the recommended one. There a nice article here on metering film and the guy uses that app or a pocket digital camera.
I use an app for my smartphone. Free version Paid version. I shot a few rolls with the free version and was happy with the results. The paid version retains your settings when you lock your phone screen while the free version resets every time.
I use the paid version of this. It's pretty infallible as a spot meter, and I don't really use incident readings anyway.
For an actual hand-held meter, I used to use a Weston Master III then a Weston Master V and now I have a Sekonic L308s I found in a charity shop for £2. If you go for an older meter like the Westons, make sure they work properly, and try and get one that has sensitivity settings in ASA/ISO. The Master III had its own "Weston Rating" which was basically standard ratings -1/3 of a stop. Not too much bother, but enough to be a nuisance.
This one. There's a paid ad-free version as well that gets updated. Like I say, it's adequate for reflected, but the incident performance seems to be very hardware-dependant, the dev's upfront about that so it's fair enough.
Assuming you're talking about mobile apps, The Photographer's Ephemeris is good for checking the exact position of the sun, and I also happen to like VSCO Cam for sprucing up my phone pics and for its lightweight community features (no likes or comments, just a gallery of pictures).
VSCO--and the film emulation cottage industry as a whole, for that matter--can understandably be a bit divisive, but if you're not averse to using presets, it's far less heavy-handed than Instagram's filters, particularly if you stay away from the presets with heavy color casts.
A light meter app can also be handy if you like to shoot old film cameras, or if you need incident metering. On Android, this is the one I use.
i usually use LightMeter by David Quiles myself
for double exposures underexpose each shot by on stop
I use this one.
I've found this one to be generally accurate [link]
I'd imagine it's accuracy varies depending on what camera you have on your phone though.
I use LightMeter on Android.