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Andrew Lanier
Low light recording- manual vs auto-exposure
on Nov 24, 2015 at 3:48:33 pm

I've been videoing weddings for a few years now, using manual exposure when adequate lighting. However, indoors away from good lighting, why is it that I can never seem to get the proper exposure with manual. I have to go to auto in order to have decent exposure? Auto, you just never know what you're going to get.

Thanks in advance for those of you members that give serious, helpful replies.


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Steve Crow
Re: Low light recording- manual vs auto-exposure
on Nov 26, 2015 at 3:27:52 pm

My only thought is that it MAY be something with:

* white balance not being reset when moving from outdoors to indoors OR
* picture profiles you are using not working well indoors??
* or both?

On the other hand, shifting into auto mode doesn't impact those two settings so I'm not very sure what is going on.

If you could post a sample clip perhaps showing moving from outside (with good exposure) to moving indoors where you are getting poor results and then shifting into auto mode while indoors to see what the camera is doing. It would be cool if you could capture a sample clip with all 3 situations in it but separate clips would work too.

Also I'd look carefully at what settings the auto mode is changing.

Steve Crow


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