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Old January 28th, 2006, 01:12 PM   #1
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Protection for welding shot?

Hi.

I need to shoot a scene where somebody welds a piece of steel using a MIG welder. Of course I'll be zooming in from safe distance but do I need to protect the camaera sensor with a filter?

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Old January 28th, 2006, 02:01 PM   #2
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May sound crazy, but how about setting up the camera to look through a welding mask. It's the ideal filter and the shot could be interesting.
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Old January 28th, 2006, 02:48 PM   #3
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May sound crazy, but how about setting up the camera to look through a welding mask. It's the ideal filter and the shot could be interesting.
It's a possibility but I wanted to try also without such a dark filter, just in case the rest of the scene gets lost. Ideally I'd like to see part of the nozzle and surrounding elements.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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Old January 28th, 2006, 03:25 PM   #4
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No need for any filters, just set your ND to get the right exposure and stay at a safe distance so that sparks don't hit you (and the camera). The main thing is that YOU don't look at the welding with your bare eyes. Looking through the viewfinder or LCD is safe. It's done all the time, I have done it myself a number of times.
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Old January 28th, 2006, 04:27 PM   #5
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No need for any filters, just set your ND to get the right exposure and stay at a safe distance so that sparks don't hit you (and the camera). The main thing is that YOU don't look at the welding with your bare eyes. Looking through the viewfinder or LCD is safe. It's done all the time, I have done it myself a number of times.
Thank you Jiri.
I actually have experience as a welder and we will be shoting this with the necessary masks.

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Old January 29th, 2006, 03:37 PM   #6
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I've done welding shots before, and got good results with an ND filter (on top of the camcorder's ND filter) with a polarizer filter.
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Old January 29th, 2006, 03:39 PM   #7
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Old January 31st, 2006, 10:18 AM   #8
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I've done welding shots before, and got good results with an ND filter (on top of the camcorder's ND filter) with a polarizer filter.
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