[MacDV] A Lighting Question

Joe Camporesi jcampor1 at san.rr.com
Fri May 2 10:51:26 PDT 2003

Take your camera out of auto mode and shoot in Manual..

Joe Camporesi

On 5/2/03 10:46 AM, "Steve Robertson" <stever at mindspring.com> wrote:

> Not Mac specific- just a general question on shooting video, upon which
> some of you may be able to shed some "light."
> Yesterday, I was shooting video of a musician. One performer on stage-
> playing a very shiny new guitar. I set up a consumer-type DV camcorder
> on a tripod, about 10 feet in front of (and slightly to the left of)
> the musician. This camera remained stationary to record the master shot
> and the master audio. I used another camera to move around the room and
> shoot different angles.
> The main lighting came from two fairly bright spotlights hanging from
> the ceiling (roughly directly above the camera position) which lit the
> performer uniformly on both sides. When I started capturing the video
> from the tripod mounted camera, I noticed the picture was fluctuating
> between correct exposure and slightly too dark- seemingly a random
> intervals. After watching carefully, I finally realized what was
> happening. Every time the guitar reflected one of the spots. the glare
> would force the camera to adjust it's exposure setting. When the guitar
> moved- and the glare disappeared- the camera went back to the correct
> exposure.
> So far, I haven't come up with any bright ideas to counter this kind of
> problem. Anybody care to venture a solution?
> Thanks,
> Steve Robertson

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