Today’s Great Filming Tip: Backlight
Backlight can ruin a shot that can otherwise be a great one.
When filming someone or something and there is any kind of light behind them, a lamp or a window or the sun, you need to move your subject so that the light is on their face and not their back. If you have the light in your face when taking a picture or filming video you will have a problem unless you have a camera that can adjust for backlight.
The newer cameras with touch screen capabilities such as the iphone can adjust for this. On most digital still cameras you can point the lens at your subjects feet and press the shutter button and hold it half way down, this will lock the exposure for a proper exposure and then frame your subject and take the picture. The background will look a little washed out but your subject is what matters.
Now on video cameras, depending on which you own, you can also aim down at your subjects feet and lock the exposure. Most have a manual button and will let you lock the exposure by either touching the screen or pushing an exposure lock button. But if you have control of the situation the easiest way is to just move yourself or your subject so that the light is not directly behind them. If you experiment with this now before you have a situation that you only have a few seconds to get the shot, you will be ready for it. Always practice and learn what your camera can do.
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