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Canon EOS Rebel T3i - Pitfall #3 Set Video Exposure Manually

In my years of photographing with DSLR's, I've usually start by shooting with auto exposure. And as I shoot each photo, I adjust the exposure compensation based on the photographs that I've already taken.

Can't really do that with videos as I found out this past weekend at my kids' Christmas piano recital. The entire setting had a dark tone, from the black piano to a dark brown back drop. The exposure were off by about 2 stops. Normally, I'd have adjusted exposure compensation after shooting a few test shots. Worst case, I would have lost one or two photographs.

Not so with video. Because I can't really review the video until I'm done shooting it. And I see my son's face being blown out, but it is too late to make adjustments as the video is being shot. I couldn't stop recording, or I would have lost my son's performance completely.

Much like photos, shoot a test video right before the performance and make necessary adjustments. Use a gray card under the same lighting condition, if necessary. Unlike shooting photos, if you wait until the performance starts, before making the adjustment, then it's already too late.

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 02:30:14 +0300

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