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Tom Nelson
Controlling Contrast
on Aug 11, 2008 at 5:02:39 pm

I'm often stuck shooting on smaller-chip cameras which, in my experience, have issues dealing with heavy contrast. If I'm shooting on a bright day with minimal control of light, is there a way for me to paint the image in-camera so the final product isn't so blown out in some spots and underexposed in others? Just curious if anyone has any proven methods or suggestions.


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Todd Terry
Re: Controlling Contrast
on Aug 11, 2008 at 5:16:26 pm

Just depends on the camera... some are very tweakable, some hardly at all. The big question is, exactly what camera are we talking about?

For example I normally shoot with a Canon XLH1, and it has (if memory serves) 23 different adjustible parameters, so it is quite "paintable." Other cameras I have, less so... and one or two, not at all. Just depends, your mileage may vary.

If not, you can cut contrast (to a degree) with filtration.


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Tom Nelson
Re: Controlling Contrast
on Aug 11, 2008 at 5:19:37 pm

I'm usually running on a DSR-390.

-Tom


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Todd Terry
Re: Controlling Contrast
on Aug 11, 2008 at 5:50:04 pm

Well the DSR-390 is not what most people would consider a "smaller camera"... it's not a 2/3" camera but it is 1/2" in a full-size body. Not having used one, I don't know what the tweakability of it is, but I would imagine there are a lot of adjustible parameters that would allow you to paint reasonably well... at least that's the case with most cameras in that particular range.


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