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  1. Huge question guys please help!
    Im trying to create an infinite white background behind a DRUMSET.
    I got the lighting quite good good BUT now my drumset looks dark even
    with 2(100 watt equivilant) light bulbs are in it.

    How dobi properly light the drumset to shine from the infinite white background?????
    Im using 6-100 watt equivilant bulbs to light the back wall.
    Please help!!!!
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  2. Member
    Join Date: Jun 2012
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    A photo would really help. A total of 800w isn't really a lot, but lighting is about proportion. Are you using auto-iris?
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  3. Whats auto iris?....
    I also have 3 continous lighting umbrellas with 4 daylight bulbs
    in each. So tge background is lit with 800 watts, then theres the 3
    continous light sets set up in a 3 point lighting set up facing the drummer....
    When my camera is pointed at mostly the drummer n background the drumset
    Becomes reallllly dark. When i point the camera directly at the drumset
    it is well lit! So weird!! Please help
    Canon T2i-40fps, 200 iso, are my details
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  4. Mod Neophyte Super Moderator redwudz's Avatar
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    It sounds like the camera is automatically adjusting the exposure to the brighter background and thereby underexposing the darker foreground. Zooming in, the camera correctly reads the foreground. Adjust the AE lock. http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/resources/articles/2011/autoexposure_ae_lock_article.shtml

    Basically, zoom into the drumset, lock the exposure, zoom back out and it should be correct for your frame.
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  5. Will that AE lock thing work for video?... Because im creating a dvd...
    Im trying to get a "drumset in Heaven" look.
    I want thr drum set and drummer with an infinite white background
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    There are many ways to manually adjust the exposure on that camera. This is a skill you will need and use forever. Spend a little time with the user manual and play around a bit until you find both what's comfortable for you and what gives you the look you want.
    Last edited by smrpix; 14th Jan 2014 at 08:59.
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  7. Broadcaster bigass's Avatar
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    Using auto-exposure and trying to record the drummer is like pointing your camera at the sky and trying to get the detail in the clouds -- it won't work. The camera will see a wide, bright picture and close down the iris to expose for the majority of the picture. The details you want to see will be too dark.

    So, expose for the details you want to see. The background will be blown-out and overexposed, which seems to be what you want. Either do it completely manually by setting the exposure yourself (a skill you should learn now, since you'll use it for the rest of your life) or, say, zooming into the drummer's chest and locking the exposure there for the rest of the shoot.

    So, you've been told the right way, the lazy way, and the wrong way.
    Right way: Set the exposure manually.
    Lazy way: Use auto-exposure on what you want to see and set the AE lock.
    Wrong way: Just use auto-exposure.

    Good luck!
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