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Tips & Tricks

Light Metering: TTL vs Manual | Video Clip From Lindsay Adler

By Hanssie on August 28th 2014

Photography is all about the light. We chase it, we diffuse it, we use it to dramatically alter the look of our images. Light in photography is one of the most important aspects of our craft. Light can make or break a photograph, which is why as photographers, we need to learn to master it.


One master of light is the ever lovely, Lindsay Adler. Lindsay is a frequent instructor on CreativeLive and she just wrapped up another successful and informative class on Location Lighting 101. (If you missed it, you can still purchase it here). In the following video clip, Lindsay demonstrates studio lighting with a speedlight and shows us the differences between TTL metering and manual light metering. Lindsay makes a case for why manual light metering gives you more control and better results.


The video is a quick overview (less than 7 minutes), but a good resource for those photographers that are still working on light mastery.

If you want to master Natural Light, I highly recommend our Natural Light Couples Workshop DVD, with hours of comprehensive education to not only help you capture and utilize natural light to your advantage, but covers posing, post processing, client interaction and planning as well. Check it out in our store.

Don’t miss Lindsay’s next CreativeLive class on High Impact, Low Fuss Lighting. Signup and watch it live for free on Sept 18th here.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dre Rolle

    A beautiful woman who makes beautiful images….and is a excellent instructor….that’s kinda unfair lol. Great video.

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    I think that if you use TTL are your main light, you might get a better result, but with hair light it takes a little more playing.

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  3. Rafael Steffen

    Thanks so much for providing us with this comparison. I believe TTL is great for beginners, but over time you want to be able to fully understand manual flash so that you have constant results.

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  4. Christophe Lambin

    I think Lindsay must be the only photographer to outdress her models. ;-)

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  5. Mi Guel

    I tuned into this CreativeLive class last week and loved every moment of it. Very informative class. Learned tons..

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