hello all, whilst rumaging in my attic i found some phootgoraphy bits, my uncles old kit i expect, i found a GOSSEN Digipro F? i have no idea how it works, or if its any good, and if i do find out how to, am i better off using it instead of the camera's lightmetering system??
It can be more convenient to use a separate light meter, but using the camera's meter (in 'spot' or centre mode) is easy enough. In most cases, you'll get a good exposure from the camera but it can go wrong on scenes with great contrast (bright white sky and dark foreground, for example). You will often need to find out what the different exposure values might be and, whether you find these from the hand-held meter or the camera, you have to make a decision on how to handle it.
The big attraction of a hand-held meter is that the good ones will help you sort out artificial lighting (flash) requirements.