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    hello, i have a question about exposure. in photography, i always attempt to get my photos exposed properly..no clipping!

    how important is this in video? and how much priority do you hold in terms of getting everything as possible to be exposed in your videos?

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    On most consumer cams it's auto all the way for most.

    Careful use of manual exposure is best but fiddly on many cams.

    Manual exposure is a creative tool so it how you use it depends on what you want.

    Exposure latitude with all real world digital video formats is TINY so its often a compromise.

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    With digital video (basically everything nowadays) look after the highlights and let the shadows take care of themselves.

    Once you've overexposed a shot, you've lost it. If there are some details in the shadows it can often be rescued in post. That doesn't mean that it will be as good as a properly exposed shot, just that something can be rescued.

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    thanks! i do find auto exposure setting annoying. wish the camera could read my mind..lol!

    thanks for the advice..i just can't stand blown out skies anymore!

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    My camera can read my mind - you get that on pro stuff.

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    Not that i am pro - oh no no no no no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vertovian View Post
    My camera can read my mind - you get that on pro stuff.
    lol!


















































    wait wut? you're not serious are u!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by goonerman007 View Post
    lol!

    wait wut? you're not serious are u!?
    I am hardly ever serious really. lols.

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    When out in the field, depending on the subject, it's not easy sometimes to get the full scene perfect. So you some times you have to compromise and just make sure the main subject is the thing that is properly exposed. I think this is true of both stills and video.

    Unless you can control the whole environment like in a studio. Even then I would probably struggle.

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