Paper Light Meter and Zombies


A (Lomo) prophecy is being fulfilled! In a zombie apocalyptic world, you will have to leave all the modern day comforts behind. Are you ready to say goodbye to electricity and battery-powered electronic automation? Paper Light Meter will help you get properly exposed shots until the end of days.

When you see people lying stiff on the side of the street, don’t think that they are “planking.”

Apocalypse is coming, my dear friend. If your analogue camera has only manual exposure setting with no internal light meter, don’t worry, Paper Light Meter fits in your wallet and doesn’t need any battery.

The Basics:

If you are a total beginner, you may want to google “film speed,” “aperture,” and “shutter speed.” If you are somewhat familiar with these terms, then read on as I’ll try to explain them with Zombie analogy.

  • Light = Brains
  • Zombie = Film speed (ISO/ASA) – hungry zombie eats brains faster.
    • ISO100 is a not so-hungry zombie.
    • ISO800 is a very hungry zombie.
  • Aperture = The size of the zombie’s mouth when it’s open.
    • The wider the mouth, the more brains the zombie can eat.
  • Shutter Speed = The duration for which the mouth stays open.
    • The longer the mouth stays open, the more brains the zombie can eat.
  • Overexposed Shot = Zombie eats too many brains.
  • Underexposed Shot = Zombie eats too few brains.

Making Paper Light Meter:

You will need:
1) A computer with Internet connection
2) A printer
3) 1 thick piece of A4 Paper
4) A pair of scissors or a craft knife
5) Glue or sticky tape
6) A first-aid kit (just in case)

Go to and follow the instructions.

Using Paper Light Meter:

This Meter is based on Sunny16 rule. The rule states that “On a sunny day, set aperture to f16 and shutter speed to the 1/ISO film speed.”

To use the meter, simply slide the inner card to align your ISO with the current light condition. Then read the appropriate shutter speed and aperture.

Rather than looking at the sky to determine the light condition, you should pay more attention to the shadows (on and around your subject).


Use ISO 100 film on a cloudy bright day (soft shadows). Align your ISO 100 with EV#13. The bottom scale should be a match of 1/125s shutter speed and an aperture closest to f8.
Moreover, the paper light meter also gives you other possible combinations such as:

1/30s with f16
1/60s with f11
1/500s with f3.5

You can use these combinations to adjust your camera settings accordingly.

Extra Tips:

1) Overexposing your shot by a little bit may yield pleasing results.
2) You may want to set your camera beforehand if you know what lighting condition you are going to shoot in.

I hope you find this tutorial useful. Thank you very much for reading and STAY SAFE!

written by mr-korn on 2011-07-07 in #gear #tipster #light-meter #manual-camera #paper-light-meter #lomography #exposure-mat #top-tipster-techniques #sunny-16 #manual-exposure #tutorial #zombie


  1. chucknoz
    chucknoz ·


  2. lakandula
    lakandula ·

    I read about the info before but this Zombie analogy is so interesting. Love it.

  3. luciasrose
    luciasrose ·


  4. jonalon
    jonalon ·

    zombie analogies <3

  5. syafiqmddaud
    syafiqmddaud ·


  6. mr-korn
    mr-korn ·

    Er? Lomo editor... I didn't know that this article is being published... I didn't get any confirmation email ..I rewrote and resubmitted the whole article again (with all the planking joke cut out because I thought it was offending the zombie community) so... could you ignore the revised version and the email threatening to eat your brain?
    Thank you for publishing this article

  7. lomoloque
    lomoloque ·

    Thanks for this tipster... It's really help me :)

  8. kneehigh85
    kneehigh85 ·

    I love this analogy and wish that I could understand aperture. But it just wont happen for me!!!!

  9. dearjme
    dearjme ·


  10. fad
    fad ·

    easy to use... X)

  11. gvelasco
    gvelasco ·


  12. sleepswimming
    sleepswimming ·

    @mr-korn: Hi! I'm an editor for the magazine, and my apologies for not notifying you sooner. I will, as you said, bounce the revision. I also believe the jokes about planking were more entertaining than insulting. :) Thanks for your active participation in the magazine!

  13. rhemaangel
    rhemaangel ·

    very handy little tool. And LOVE the zombie analogy. LOL!

  14. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    This is so cool, I like the zombie part :D

  15. strangelilgirl
    strangelilgirl ·

    :) nicely done

  16. pyromonkey333
    pyromonkey333 ·

    good tipster! and the zombies are awesome

  17. shoujoai
    shoujoai ·

    I LOVE this! :D

  18. djnada
    djnada ·

    Very useful. Love the writing, drawings and the fact that it's SO damn easy to get! thanks :)

  19. stouf
    stouf ·

    Great post !

  20. ecsantana
    ecsantana ·

    I just bought a manual camera, a Beauty Lite III, and, aside the zombie stuff, this info is really important for those who wants to take analog phtgrph to a new level...
    but back to the zombie stuff, man, that really made all the difference ! ! !
    coolest tipster I ever read ! ! ! hugzz

  21. nleppa
    nleppa ·

    Zombie Aperture Analogy. Love it!
    ps Your Zombie brain mouth chart is pure awesomeness.

  22. slimspidey
    slimspidey ·

    I've been using this paper light meter for a year now and works flawlessly.

  23. pikc
    pikc ·

    Zombie vs Plant!

  24. jodimeetdiana76
    jodimeetdiana76 ·

    Thank you sooo much for this tipster. I just got my grandfathers Kodak Retina II tuned up and have no idea how to deal with manual shutter speed and aperture, now it all makes sense!!

  25. aprilia
    aprilia ·

    coooooooool analogy and zombie pics!!

  26. bellsinthesky
    bellsinthesky ·

    Amazing tutorial and pics!

  27. ericeast
    ericeast ·

    OMG! so funny!

  28. ahleng90
    ahleng90 ·

    thanks!this is amazing!

  29. anapevo
    anapevo ·

    thanks a lot!hopefully this will help me a lot cuz all those other articles kept confusing me on which shutter speed/aperture to use

  30. liquorice
    liquorice ·

    Amazing article! Hope zombies don't eat my brain while consulting my fotometer... (:

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