Mastering exposure: DSLR Video Tips

Published by | Friday, September 27th, 2013

Mastering the Exposure Triangle

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When it comes to capturing great images, exposure is critical. Under- or overexpose your shot and you lose precious details. But setting the proper exposure isn’t easy; your light may move behind a cloud, or change over time. When shooting video, exposure requires an almost scientific understanding of light.

In this week’s DSLR Video Tips, we’ll show you a straightforward way to get strong, well-exposed shots. You’ll learn about

Exposing for video
What is the desired goal when exposing for video and when does it look “right”?

Balancing the exposure triangle
Learn how to balance the shutter speed, ISO, and aperture of the camera. It’s critical to get the right mix for both technical and artistic reasons.

Evaluating the settings
We’ll look through several shots, and break down what worked—and what didn’t.

Check out both the sample video above and this week’s complete episode on and learn to take better shots right away!

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2 Responses to “Mastering exposure: DSLR Video Tips

  1. Evan Haridy says:

    I have had DSLR for two years but never was I able to get more than a shot of it. Thanks a lot for an awesome tutorial.


  2. Jonathan says:

    This might sound like a doubt question, but if i’m using software like magic lantern that allows me use zebras for checking exposure, why not over-expose, if you will, just until the point right before you get blown out whites? wouldnt the increase in light (as long as you dont have to bump up the iso too much) provide a cleaner image?

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