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Old September 30th, 2013, 03:48 PM   #1
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Shutter speed/No ND filter

Heres a little technique I came up with on my shoot last weekend. I use a faster shutter speed outdoors since I dont have a ND filter. The problem I was having was I run and gun and the best way to go on the fly was to put the shutter into auto but then it was a pain due to back light situations etc. So what I do is when I first run outside I put the iris to somewhere in the middle like f-8 then I tap the auto ss let it set the speed then tap it again to lock it in. Not a big thing but it makes my day go a bit smoother.
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Old September 30th, 2013, 07:20 PM   #2
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Re: Shutter speed/No ND filter

Good idea Randy

That allows you to get the shutter where it needs to be in an instant and then you can play. I actually leave both shutter and gain on auto when I'm using manual lenses. That way I only have to worry about what aperture I need for DOF and the camera does the rest. If you have a big DOF you can also preset focus too!

Just be careful with fast moving objects and high shutter speeds ... it will freeze the motion if the day is bright enough!!

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Old October 1st, 2013, 02:49 AM   #3
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Re: Shutter speed/No ND filter

Good Idea Randy - when I'm caught out without my ND on I put the shutter into auto and have one of my preset buttons to turn on AE shift and then ride that for any backlit situations

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I actually leave both shutter and gain on auto when I'm using manual lenses.
What do you do if you pan the camera and you get a strong backlight, like a window indoors? Is the camera then not automatically adjusting to that strong incoming light, even if you have a fixed aperture?
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Old October 1st, 2013, 06:56 AM   #5
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Hi Noa

That's exactly what it does and what I need it to do! With Realty shoots I need to show the condition of all surfaces so when I pan over the wall the exposure is set for me (using gain and shutter only as the aperture is fixed wide open) as I hit a window, yes, the camera MUST adjust for the much brighter light otherwise if the exposure was fixed the entire glass would be blown out so you couldn't set something like a crack in it! It must work that way!! At weddings things are different of course (plus I seldom use fixed lenses in high luminosity situations at weddings anyway, only during low light receptions.

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