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.
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 expomat.tripod.com 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.
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!