How to Read a Light Meter

A light meter is a very useful device which can be used to improve your photography. These devices will measure the amount of light in the room, which makes it simple to correctly set the exposure and ensure that the lighting is adequate. These light meters are fairly easy to use but it's important you know how to read them properly.

Light meters are built into the majority of DSLR and SLR cameras. This makes it possible for anyone to use them without needing to purchase additional equipment.

Aiming the Camera

First, you will need to aim the camera towards your subject. It's important that the camera is focusing on the subject. Press the shutter button half way down so that the camera locks in and focuses. This will ensure that the light meter will be set correctly and will provide you with useful information.

Reading the Light Meter

When looking through the viewfinder, you will see the light meter. If this is flashing then it means that the camera is not set up properly. You will need to adjust the exposure and aperture to make the most out of your camera. The light meter is a scale which shows how to correctly set the aperture and exposure.

Setting Aperture and Exposure

Once you have looked at the light meter, it is then possible to adjust the exposure and aperture in the menu settings of your camera. The method of doing this will vary depending on the make and model of your camera. Read your camera model if you're not sure about how to do this.