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    Exclamation White balance problems

    Hello there,

    I'm having problems with white balance on my digital camera.
    Every time I film, if it's in daylight, I see myself dark (nearly black).
    If I film at night and my camera is close to the floor and pointing at a lamp in the ceiling, and I stand in front of the camera, I see myself black and you can't recognize my face, like a silhouette.
    I see other people (for example in YouTube) film their stuff at home and I don't see any problems with their camera's indoors.

    So my problem is that my camera tends to film things dark.
    How do I fix this problem? I don't know what settings to change on my camera..

    My camera:
    Sony Cybershot DSC-T77
    films in 10.0 MegaPixel and in 1080i HD quality
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    camera to USB 2.0

    Thanks in advance for your help.


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    Okay, nobody replied. Strange..

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    Are you sure it's white balance and not exposure?

    If you face a camera with a bright light behind you then you will get a silhouette, make sure that your light sources aren't pointing at the camera & try using manual exposure controls.

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    Now 2 replies . . . even stranger! - Sounds more like an exposure problem.
    If you are faced with bright lighting behind you, try pointing the camera at the darkest point of the frame and half press the shutter. Reframe with all the image in shot and you will have a good exposure.
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    Crazy - three replies.

    All digital cameras that mortals can afford have a very narrow exposure latutide comapred to film. This means it is impossible for the camera to capture details in all areas of the image.

    Dark areas are often black and white areas are often bleached out.

    Auto exposure is often an unhappy compromise the laves your subject over or under exposed - typically this occurs with a bright b ground. The camera sets the exposure for the brightness leaving the darker subject black.

    Use your manual expoure override if you can - not always easy on some cameras.

    My old sony pc4 has a touch screen with a very useful spot meter function. Touch the flip out screen where you want the expoure to be correct and voila !

    It would be a good function for all cameras without proper iris controls.

    This is also the reson good lighting is essential with digital filming if you want a ' pro ' film look.


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    I don't know much about video editing or cameras (although I studied it in highschool for a year once; well that doesn't count as much) so.. if anyone could point me in the right direction of which one of these controls I should manipulate to adjust my exposure and not be confronted with underexposure and previous problems I mentioned?:

    video: adjust image brightness and darkness (+/-)

    metering mode: - multi; exposure based on the entire frame
    - center; exposure based on center brightness

    focus: - Multi AF; Auto focus throughout the frame
    - infinite; set the focus at infinite distance

    white balance: - wb auto: Auto adjust for natural colors
    - use for sunny outdoor scenes or scenery at night
    - use for cloudy days or in the shade
    - Use under white fluorescent light
    - Use under natural white fluorescent light
    - Use under day white fluorescent light
    - Use under incandescent light or video lights

    Color mode: - normal; shoot in standard color mode
    - Sepia; simulate colors in old photos
    - b&w ; make images black and white

    SteadyShot: - Continuous; SteadyShot always on
    - off


    AF illuminator: Fill light for focusing in low light
    - Auto
    - Off

    AF mode: Auto focus settings
    - Single
    - Monitor

    Digital Zoom:
    - Smart
    - Precision
    - Off

    Auto orientation; Save camera orient. info. with picture
    - On
    - Off

    Auto review; Review images for 2 seconds after shooting
    - On
    - Off

    Auto focus macro's:
    - Auto focus from closeup to infinity
    - Focus with priority on very close subjects

    Many thanks!


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    The first two.

    The plus / minus is likely manual over ride and is best.
    Telling the auto esposure to look for the centre of the pic will be better too for high backlight situations.

    Some prosumer and pro cameras have ' auto knee' - this will automatically adjust the exposure across the image and make bright areas less burned out.

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    Western Europe


    Wow, now four replies... It sounds either like exposure, the lcd on your camera needs to be adjusted to make the display brighter or press the backlight button on your camera to make the dark areas lighter.

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