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Old April 30th, 2007, 12:23 PM   #1
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autoexposure?

I was looking for advice on doing an interview outside on a partly cloudy day - the sun coming in and out. In such a situation is it best to leave exposure as automatic or adjust manually? (I'm often reluctant to go automatic even when it seems best)

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Old April 30th, 2007, 12:33 PM   #2
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Can you tent your interviewees? that'll get rid of some of the difference so you can lock your exposure in. Or just find a day leading up to it with similar lighting conditions and try both and see what appeals to you more.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 01:31 PM   #3
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I wouldn't use the auto exposure because the camera is sometimes going to make unneeded adjustments and all the adjustments will be made in a less than aesthetically pleasing fashion ("hunt, hunt, hunt, lock" as opposed to a smooth, non-distracting iris adjustment a human operate would use).


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Old April 30th, 2007, 01:36 PM   #4
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Old April 30th, 2007, 02:45 PM   #5
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i'm filming some interviews with football players outdoors, so i'm limited to what control i have over location - unless it rains and then we might get into a more controllable environment.

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I wouldn't use the auto exposure because the camera is sometimes going to make unneeded adjustments and all the adjustments will be made in a less than aesthetically pleasing fashion ("hunt, hunt, hunt, lock" as opposed to a smooth, non-distracting iris adjustment a human operate would use).-A
The hunt seems to me to be totally eliminated if you go in the "AE Response" (in the Camera Set menu) and select the option for Slow. I also have one of the Assign buttons set for Override.

One interview I did on manual inside a house, when it was sunny. Later in the interview some very black clouds came over and I had no picture.

When I do interviews I put the camera on auto exposure and adjust the Override before I shoot. Then everything works well and smoothly.
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