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David in Alabama asked the following:
I've recently been reading about the Sekonic C-700 color and light meter. It seems like an amazing tool with great potential for PFRE users but how would you best use a device like this to sort the perennial problems of WB and color accuracy in rooms with multiple light sources? If my priority is not saving money but instead pushing the quality higher, would you invest the bucks or stick with something more conventional?
To me, spending $1300+ on a light meter for shooting interiors or real estate work is overkill because it is so quick and easy to get the white balance just like you want it in post-processing as Dom Bower describes above. Also as Dom describes, "It's not about accurate WB; it's about good WB." That is, what looks good is more important than what's accurate. You have to check how the WB looks in post anyway; why not just fix it if needed?
It's interesting that in the 10+ years of doing this blog, I can't remember anyone even talking about using a light meter! That is probably because in today's digital workflow, it doesn't add much.
Does anyone use a light meter?