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Thread: How to keep the brights from being blown out?

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    Default How do I keep the brights from being blown out?

    I have a WWI themed music video shoot tomorrow, and we will be filming the storyline scenes outside with zero shade. I'm going for a film/cinematic look. I will be using my two Canon 650D's, at 1080/24fps, 50 shutter speed. I of course am in Manual mode with all the proper settings. I just did a test this morning and the brights end up really blown out. What is the best aperture setting for really bright outdoors filming? Is that even my problem? I attempted some color correction. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    It's tricky to either not blow out the white and keep detail in the shadows if your camera doesn't have a wide dynamic range. What I would do in this situation is to set the recording values very "flat". ie 0 contrast, 0 sharpness, I don't know if your camera has a "Canon Log" picture style setting if so that would be a good setting to shoot flat.

    I have found it's better to shoot a little under exposed to keep the detail in the bright areas than try and keep the detail in the shadows. If you want a shallow depth of field in bright light you may need an ND filter on the lens so you can keep the iris open. If you don't have an ND filter then your only other option is to increase the shutter speed setting it to around 1/100 this probably won't harm your "film look" if needed.

    Without being there on the set seeing what you have and what you want, I don't really know what else to suggest.

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    Thank you very much for the info MB. It seems I'm going to have to end up getting an ND filter. Hopefully tomorrow goes ok without one.

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    Thanks for the link bigmanjoe, I never heard of that before. Is it commonplace for Canon shooters?

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