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Old August 27th, 2009, 03:23 AM   #1
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Zebra - Peaking Tips

How do you guys set the zebra setting to get accurate exposure? I'm thinking more during controlled lighting environments - interviews etc. Would be keen to hear some techniques as I've always just used my eye and monitor but would like to get more understanding of this subject.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 04:02 AM   #2
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Hi John,

I use 75% zebra's when people are involved and try to have a few zebras showing on the highlighted side of their face. I am also starting to find the histogram helpful now that I have been using it for a while.. . .I try to make sure that there are no peaks to the left(too dark) or the right(too light) but nice rolling hills with maybe a peak near the centre. Between zebra's and the histogram I can get light levels pretty accurate now.

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Old September 1st, 2009, 09:14 AM   #3
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Similar to Mark, I usually keep zebras at 70% and iris up to when I start seeing stripes on the brightest part of their skin. But I also adjust slightly depending on the brightness / darkness of the subjects skin.
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