Are light meters pointless or am I just lazy?

Light meter with film camera
(Image credit: Getty Images)

I’ve been a photographer for more than five years and not once have I ever felt the need to use a light meter. Disclaimer: I mostly shoot digital and when I shoot film I don’t really shoot flash but I've always managed to get by without one and I don't see that changing any time soon. 

If you shoot with one of the best mirrorless cameras you can automatically see the exposure settings either through the viewfinder or on the screen. Granted, if you’re using one of the best photography lighting kits the flash will change the exposure you see but if you shoot regularly, you probably know roughly what settings you need and can just make minor adjustments. For me personally, a light meter is an expense I can live without and I would rather just fire a few shots off to get my exposure correct.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.