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skiphall
Control of over exposure, GL1, XL1
on Aug 17, 2006 at 4:51:42 pm

I shoot dance recitals and school plays, with an XL1 and a GL1.

They usually light these events with everything they have hanging on the rack, and control of the lights is virtually never under my supervision. As you can imagine, a single ballerina in a pink and white tutu on a large stage with a black curtain behind, shows up on a wide shot like an animated light bulb.

I feel like a real rookie asking this, but I'd really appreciate some fundamental advice on how others adjust the settings on their XL and GL cameras, when shooting in this situation. If I had a theater at my disposal, I'd set up my gear, fire up the lights, and test different settings over and over until I figured out what I needed to do. But stage time is too expensive for that.

Has anyone shot such scenes using the preset Spotlight program, and how has that worked out? And if shooting in full manual is my best option, how should I systematically adjust my settings so I don't have blown out pixels on a wide shot, and overly dark colors when I zoom in closer?

I'd appreciate any input.

Skip Hall
Homeworks Video Productions
Suffolk, Va


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Donald Berube
Re: Control of over exposure, GL1, XL1
on Aug 23, 2006 at 3:26:07 pm

Hello Skip,

How are you?

>>>>>>As you can imagine, a single ballerina in a pink and white tutu on a large stage with a black curtain behind, shows up on a wide shot like an animated light bulb.

Use SPOTLIGHT MODE. This exposure mode is designed exactly for those type of shooting situations where much of the frame is dark and your subject is intensely lit.

I often use Spotlight Mode for shooting dance performances with my XL2 or XL H1.

Please do let us know if you have any other questions,

- don
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skiphall
Re: Control of over exposure, GL1, XL1
on Mar 6, 2007 at 5:10:03 am

Don,
When you shoot dance recitals and such in Spotlight mode, what do you do about focus? Autofocus is too unsteady, and trying to keep focused manually is murder. Any suggestions on that?
BTW: your other suggestion about using Spotlight mode was the ticket for dance recitals. The exposure was excellent. So if I can just get this focus issue straight, things will be pretty great!
Thanks for any advice.

Skip Hall
Homeworks Video Productions
Suffolk, Va


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