Having the ability to accurately capture an image's color in-camera is a powerful one. How many times have you taken a photo and grown frustrated because your camera doesn't capture it "the way you saw it?" Often we become resigned to shoot an image and fix it in post-processing later. Full disclosure: When I first started out years ago, this was my go-to strategy for images. Later, when I was forced to spend hours fixing image after image on my computer, I'd want to kick myself. Fast forward to today, and experience has taught me how to … [Read more...] about How to get your color spot-on with the Illuminati color/light meter
Am I a lazy photographer? Maybe. The shortest path to the best possible image is the way I like to go. After years of shooting, I also tend to get set in my ways. However, sometimes it's good to get out of your familiar bubble and explore with new techniques and equipment, especially if it can help you become more efficient. Enter the Illuminati Meter that I received from the company for testing. This little gadget promised to quickly help me capture better images in camera. How could I resist? So I decided to run a test and see how it … [Read more...] about Controlling the “feel” of an image with the Illuminati meter
All cameras, including iPhones and other smartphones, have built-in exposure meters. The job of the meter is to measure the light and return an exposure setting that records the brightness of a scene faithfully. The exposures are usually close but almost never right on. How camera light meters work The exposure (a.k.a. light) meter built into cameras measure light that has bounced off of the subject being photographed. The amount of light the meter sees is influenced by how much light a subject reflects. A dark subject, like a black cat on a … [Read more...] about The meter incident — don’t trust the camera’s lightmeter
I was attending a workshop with Matthew Jordan Smith years ago when I saw first-hand how a photographer used a light meter. At that time he had a Sekonic meter. I remember him explaining how he never does a shoot without one and that it was one of the most important pieces of equipment he owned. He went on to demonstrate how he metered around his set and around his models' faces. Metering every light individually, more than once and then how he would meter all the lights together at the same time. He would then combine all those numbers … [Read more...] about Getting to know my first meter: The Illuminati IM100A wireless light and color meter
When Rudy Guttosch from Illuminati Instrument Corp sent me this intriguing device, I wasn't really sure how I was going to use it. I don't particularly enjoy having to bring extra stuff at photo shoots. Still, for the purpose of this article, I gave it a try and took it with me on location. Well, I have to admit it, I've been quite fascinated by all what my new buddy could do for me for less than 62 grams of weight. First things first: what is that Illuminati thing? The Illuminati light and colormeter does exactly what its name says it … [Read more...] about The Illuminati Meter: What is that?
When working with multiple lights, I find it easier working with one light at a time. Start with the main light and take a reading with a light meter. Once you enter these settings on your camera, turn the main light off and proceed to the next light—taking a meter reading to see if it is brighter or darker than the exposure in the camera. Adjust its power for the effect you want. Do this for each light. Once you have all the lights in place, turn them on and take a photograph to see how the extra lights affect the exposure. Want to learn … [Read more...] about Quick Tip: Meter one light at a time when working with multiple lights
My name is Bryan Esler, and I have a confession. I’ve never used a handheld light meter. For me, light meters were old technology. They weren’t something that was necessary. I didn’t completely understand how to use them, what the benefits were and most importantly, it just seemed like “one more thing” to carry around with me on a shoot. Enter the Illuminati, a light meter designed for the smartphone age. But Illuminati takes it one step further, allowing you to also determine the correct color temperature level and chromaticity for your … [Read more...] about Illuminati reads light and color for perfectly exposed photographs
The Illuminati meter is a cool new device that makes it easy to choose the right camera settings as well as the right white balance settings for a camera. Normally, these two meters will easily set a photographer back $2,000 or more. But the Illuminati meter is wireless and uses a smartphone and app to process the light and color in a scene. This makes it ideal for both photo and video uses. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4Dw_eip97M To find out more about the Illuminati meter, I reached out to its inventor. I always find it helpful … [Read more...] about An Interview with the Inventor of the Illuminati Wireless Light & Color Meter