Shooting theater and getting correct exposures

Started May 5, 2013 | Questions thread
Muresan Bogdan Contributing Member • Posts: 511
Re: Shooting theater and getting correct exposures

You need to get used to your camera metering. For theater I would stick to spot mettering as it will give you proper exposure on your main subject. The dynamic range of the scene will be many times to big to capture corectly ( for example the main character will have a spot light on him and the rest of the scene will be dark - for a good shot you should expose for him even if the rest is in complete darkness). Also what others said before - always shoot in raw: this will give you control over your whit balance and let you push the shadows and highlights for increased dynamic range of the scene. If you feel that spot mettering underexposes dial in some positive compensation. You have to choose the type of metering that gives you consistent results: if spot mettering gives -1EV consistent results you can just dial in +1 and you are safe. If evaluative gives mixed results (one picture in underexposed and one over) then it is impossible to use.

It also helps a lot to be able to predict the moments. Then you dial in manual settings and wait for the moment.

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