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Old January 21st, 2014, 07:58 AM   #1
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EX1 / EX3 tips

Do you have any tips on how to shoot with the EX1/3 in low lighting environment ?
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Old January 22nd, 2014, 12:40 AM   #2
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Try Alister Chapman's "Low Light" picture profile and you generally should stay on a wide zoom with the iris fully open to allow more light to enter the lens. Remember to use manual focus and generally use a tripod.

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Old January 23rd, 2014, 06:11 AM   #3
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Here's a great tip: Add some light!

I'm currently working on a new music video for my wife and I'm shooting it in "candle light". I gently flooded the set with additional light. With a bit of color correction, it retains the look of being lit only with the candles. I did not use any boost on the camera and I have don't have much noise in the images.
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Old January 23rd, 2014, 09:40 PM   #4
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Oh Kevin.....there you go getting all "professional" on us! After all, who needs to know anything about lighting when the cameras will do all the work?

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Old February 6th, 2014, 04:52 PM   #5
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In case anyone might be interested, here's the candle light video:

A Music Video By Candle Light

Getting the color effect on the skin tones took a bit of tweaking. (the auto-correct on my phone was sure I meant twerking, that would have generated some questions)
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Old February 6th, 2014, 09:45 PM   #6
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Kevin, I think the video is very well done and I really like your wife's music. My only critical comment is that I think it is underexposed even for a video that is probably meant to look a little underexposed.
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Old February 6th, 2014, 10:18 PM   #7
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Thanks Doug! Yes, it is underexposed, I had it brighter and didn't like it. Since this will only be on youtube, I decided to leave it dark - actually youtube put up a dialog window saying it was in need of improving and I could click their little button and they would fix it. I never seen that notice before.
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Old February 7th, 2014, 08:51 AM   #8
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Nicely done, Kevin. I really enjoyed that!
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