Quote Originally Posted by Maris View Post
Frank Hurley, the famous Australian documentary cinematographer, was reputed to use his assistant as a light meter. By looking at his assistant's eyes and estimating the pupil diameter Frank would figure the ambient light level and set the lens aperture accordingly.
Now THAT's impressive!

I know nothing about motion picture lighting althogh I aways study patterns & ratios on closer shots to the point of being excessive.
It amazes me how much power must be needed to get the depth of field they sometimes use.