How to Use Your Meter

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How to Use Your Meter
Unleash the immense potential packed into your light meter
Your camera has a built-in light meter that can do a remarkable job. However, in a host of situations this light meter can be fooled and your images won’t turn out as expected.
Working professional photographers often use a handheld “incident” light meter. These handheld light meters are different than the light meter in your camera because they measure the light falling on the subject (incident) instead of the light reaching your camera (reflected).
The result is that the handheld light meter allows for more accurate, reliable and repeatable results compared with the camera’s light meter. 
In this beginner’s class, you’ll learn everything you need to know about using a handheld light meter to make better photos. This class is oriented for beginners. Feel free to bring a handheld light meter if you have one. If not, feel free to listen and learn.

Topics Covered

• Understand how your camera sees 
• Understand how your camera can be tricked 
• Functions and modes of the handheld light meter 
• Using a handheld light meter for ambient exposure 
• Using a handheld light meter to improve image contrast 
• Using a handheld light meter for flash photography 
• Using a handheld light meter for blended ambient plus flash exposures

What to Bring

• Note-taking supplies
• Light meter is optional

About the Instructor

Tim Babiak is a full-time photographer and a long-time instructor at PCU. Tim is a PPA Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman and Certified Professional Photographer. Tim has served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Austin Professional Photographers Association and is a two-time recipient of the Photographer of the Year award from the Austin Professional Photographers Association. Tim is also a two-time Bronze Medalist in PPA’s International Print Competition.


Please review our class cancellation policy below. 

Class Cancellations

Tier 1: Standard Classes

If you register for a tier 1 class and do not show up, your payment will be forfeited. You can reschedule a class only if notice is given 24 hours before the start time of the class. Unless otherwise stated, class refunds are only issued to customers that provide notice to the store that they would like a refund 48 hours before the class. Refunds will not be issued to customers who sign up for a class but fail to attend.

Minimum Enrollment
Each class needs a minimum number of students to enroll before the class can “make.” If the minimum enrollment has not been met two business days before the class begins, the class will be cancelled. All students who enrolled in the class will be notified by telephone or email, and may transfer to a different class or be issued a refund (see refund procedure). We encourage all students to enroll as soon as registration begins. Please check your phone and email messages, including your SPAM.

How to Reschedule or Cancel a Class
Please contact the store at 512-467-7676 or email to cancel a class. Class cancellations or requests to be rescheduled that are sent through other channels, such as Facebook or messages, will not be honored.

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