Many of the questions I'm asked during field workshops involve metering. How to spotmeter for perfect transparency exposure? How to use an incident meter? How to meter for negative film? Accurate metering is as much an art as a science, and having become accustomed to automated metering, many photographers today aren't aware of the best techniques. Do-everything automatic cameras can give good results much of the time, but not every time. You MUST know how to meter correctly to get the best results consistently.

With this in mind, a one-day course in metering will be offered several times each year, both in South Bend, Indiana and in conjunction with the regular Smokies workshops. For the convenience of participants, it will normally be timed so that it occurs immediately before one of the longer events. Of course, those who only want to attend the metering workshop may do so as well.

Topics that will be fully covered and explained include:

    Spotmetering for transparency film

    Determining tonality of subjects

    Determining contrast range of a scene

    Choosing the best film for given lighting conditions

    Spotmetering for negative film (color and b&w)

    Using an incident meter

Participants will receive a set of useful notes for field use, which sum up the discussion and techniques covered during class session.

The session will run from 9 am to 5 pm, including a lunch break, and participants are limited to 10 per session. Cost is $125.

Important class requirements: you MUST bring a suitable handheld spotmeter, or at least a camera (SLR) with built-in spotmeter function. Handheld meters that measure a broad area, such as 30 degrees, or cameras that only use center-weighted, "Matrix", "Evaluative", or other metering patterns that don't isolate a small area of the scene are not suitable and cannot be used. Please be familiar with basic operation of your meter (or camera), and you may bring the meter manual to the session if desired. Although you are welcome to bring an incident meter for the appropriate part of classtime, it will not be suitable to be used as your only meter.

Upcoming sessions include:

(next date TBA):  South Bend, Indiana

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In the interest of keeping workshop prices as low as possible, please be aware that meals, accomodation, and transportation are not included in the event. Each participant will be responsible for these items and their respective costs, although DBP will be glad to provide suggestions for economical lodging. You will need to provide transportation for yourself during workshop and tour events; of course, participants may make their own arrangements for carpooling with one another if they so desire.