Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
And that would also be a no.

You can use incident meters to peg to the main light (point it at the sun) or to open shade (point it away from the sun) or whatever, but they don't discriminate about what tones they see and are most definatel not keyed to the highlights.

Luminance. This is the critical point that has been missing from the discourse.
The values of individual tones (or luminance values) that make the scene and how incident/reflective have no way to differentiate those values. The solution is...?
The point I'm getting at is that we should endeavor to understand what the meter is seeing and understand how a reading (measured luminance) relates to the film curve we are using.

While the beginnings are understanding normal in the end the solution is individual practice/experimentation.