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Old September 20th, 2006, 12:24 AM   #1
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I am video taping a wedding this weekend and the ceremony will film outside near sunset. I am worried about my exposer. If I shoot in manual I am afraid the changing light over time might affect the exposer. Once the ceremony starts I canít stop rolling until the ceremony is over. Should I film in auto exposer to be safe?


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Old September 20th, 2006, 10:52 AM   #2
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I am video taping a wedding this weekend and the ceremony will film outside near sunset. I am worried about my exposer. If I shoot in manual I am afraid the changing light over time might affect the exposer. Once the ceremony starts I canít stop rolling until the ceremony is over. Should I film in auto exposer to be safe?


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Hi Al,

You really need to shoot in manual exposure, especially in this situation.

Will the sunset be in the background? If so, auto exposure will adjust for the sunset and underexpose the couple. Will you be shooting with 2 cameras? If so, you can always go to the other shot while adjusting the camera.
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Old September 20th, 2006, 10:59 AM   #3
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I would shoot in manual because it gives more control over the image. If the lighting starts to change or is different just adjust the iris accordingly.

You could expose 3 ways: for skin tones, for atmosphere and mood, or a compromise between the two, and then keep those exposing themes in mind when framing various parts of the ceremony.
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Old September 20th, 2006, 10:01 PM   #4
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Thanks a lot guys your help is always appreciated.
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Old September 21st, 2006, 10:55 AM   #5
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go get 2 lights.. hire them if u have to.. make sure they have DICHROIC filters on them... no wuse these to spotlight the couple.. these are daylight filters so yoru exposure to the ambience should affect teh exposure of teh talent.. also teh spotlights will be a blush tint... u dont have to use dichoics, but if the sunset is DIRECTLY behind them, then u might want at least one..

shoot manual.. dont let Auto exposure and AWB fluctuate with this.. the ambience and mood is as important as the ceremony (else they wouldnt have had it at that time woudl they.. )

best thign to do is go to the location and shoot during the same time the ceremony is taking place.. practice my friend..

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Old September 24th, 2006, 01:04 AM   #6
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I just finished a nine hour shoot and read your post as I am trying to wind down so I can enjoy a good night's sleep. You are likely still engaged in your shoot, so my comments are a bit late.
Manual exposure is the best approach. Since most cameras allow manual adjustment in 1/3 stop increments, you can make gradual shifts to exposure as lighting changes. I prefer setting a shutter speed and then make aperture adjustments as needed. Were I doing still photography I would select an aperture and make shutter speed adjustments.
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