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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 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).

Example:

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

30 comments

  1. chucknoz

    chucknoz

    nice.

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  2. lakandula

    lakandula

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

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  3. luciasrose

    luciasrose

    ZOMMBBIIIEEEESS EEEAATT BRRRAAAIIIINNNS

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  4. jonalon

    jonalon

    zombie analogies <3

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  5. syafiqmddaud

    syafiqmddaud

    cute!
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  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
    Love.

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  7. lomoloque

    lomoloque

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

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  8. kneehigh85

    kneehigh85

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

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  9. dearjme

    dearjme

    Love!

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  10. fad

    fad

    easy to use... X)

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  11. gvelasco

    gvelasco

    Useful.

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  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!

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  13. rhemaangel

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

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  14. natalieerachel

    natalieerachel

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

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  15. strangelilgirl

    strangelilgirl

    :) nicely done

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  16. pyromonkey333

    pyromonkey333

    good tipster! and the zombies are awesome

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  17. shoujoai

    shoujoai

    I LOVE this! :D

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  18. djnada

    djnada

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

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  19. stouf

    stouf

    Great post !

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  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

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  21. nleppa

    nleppa

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

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  22. slimspidey

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

    pikc

    Zombie vs Plant!

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  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!!

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  25. aprilia

    aprilia

    coooooooool analogy and zombie pics!!

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  26. bellsinthesky

    bellsinthesky

    Amazing tutorial and pics!
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  27. ericeast

    ericeast

    OMG! so funny!

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  28. ahleng90

    ahleng90

    thanks!this is amazing!

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  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

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  30. liquorice

    liquorice

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

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