Originally Posted by Filson Back
As of late I've been having trouble getting decent exposures for shots with strongly backlit subjects--I'm shooting an M2 and metering for the overall conditions with a Sekonic L-308. I think either the way I'm holding the meter or the way it reads the light basically splits the difference and gives me an exposure that tries to keep the highlights and the darks--BUT the faces of the subjects are often dark and noisy. I'd rather have the highlights in the background get blown and get good light on the faces. It seems like film gets noise in the dark part of the shot--so the subjects are often really bad in terms of image quality.
Is the meter super sensitive to where you point it? In other words a tilt too much towards the sky will read more for the bright highlights than if it is oriented towards the darker part of the scene? Maybe just bump up a stop?
I get much better results with subjects in unnatural light (shooting Ilford XP2 and Kodak T400-cn).
I believe that one has an incident mode, so why not use that? if it has, point the dome back towards the camera's position from the subject. That way it will expose the face correctly
and not "see" the bright areas. If not take a reflective reading and open up two stops, two stops won't blow XP2 anyway.
Yes, it all meters are sensitive to where one points them
... mostly the chaff ... these are a bit better ...
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