Discussion in 'Photography Board' started by MarkBarbieri, Oct 7, 2007.
When shooting video, what exposure mode do you most often use?
(copied from another post)
When simply pointing and shooting video at night using auto mode, it is common for lights, notably Christmas lights and fireworks, to be overexposed and come out all white, as the camera tries to make the scene look like day.
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I usually shoot in auto, but I have trouble getting inside shots to come out good, and I don't even bother with nighttime shooting. I'm trying to learn the tricks of the manual settings so I can get every shot on our holiday trip.
I've been using shutter priority for casual shooting. I noticed that, when shooting in HD, variations in shutter speed become very noticeable. Higher shutter speeds (faster than 1/60s) often produce a strobe like effect. My compromise is to lock the shutter speed at 1/45s and let the camera sort out the aperture.
When I'm shooting from one location for a while and I want to get it right, I manually set the shutter speed and aperture. I use the widest aperture that works for the entire field of view that I intend to shoot.
The problem that manual solves for me is having the exposure vary as I change my shooting angle or zoom in. By going to manual, it keeps the exposure level consistent throughout the shoot.
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