Light meters have been around for decades, and they have been an essential tool for photographers. Back in the film days, using a light meter was a part of the professional workflow, but things might have changed since the digital cameras.
In a nutshell, light meters measure the amount of light. These handheld devices can read the exact values of light reflected from the surfaces, and the ambient light in the scene. Therefore, you can adjust your shutter speed and aperture value to expose your image correctly. Light meters have improved quite well, and nowadays you can find digital models with touch screens and even separate modules that can be attached to your smartphone. However, digital cameras have already built-in light meters, so this brings up the question: Do you really need a light meter for your workflow?
In this video, photographer and tutor Karl Taylor explains the basics of a light meter and its effect on creativity. Taylor is known for his superb still-life techniques and he shares the two main reasons why he stopped using a light meter in his set, even when working with complex settings. Instead of using a light meter, he utilizes his digital workflow for measuring the light, and achieves quicker results with better accuracy.
What do you think about Taylor's statements? Do you still find light meters useful? Let us know in the comments section below.