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Shooting under stage lighting

by abell_oz / November 22, 2015 11:55 PM PST

Hi, I'm using Panasonic HC V-250 and V-270 and I'm trying to shoot dancers operating under simple stage lighting. Whenever somebody wears white or very light clothing, it blows out completely, and I can't see to prevent this.

I'm running the cameras in Scene mode, using the Spotlight setting, and I'm also dialling in the maximum attenuation (-5) in the Intelligent Auto+ section. My experiments indicate that there is no way to go darke?

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Correction to above post
by abell_oz / November 22, 2015 11:58 PM PST

The system seemed to cut of the last bit of my question. It should go:

My experiments indicate that there is no way to go darker,
Can anyone help with advice how to do better in this situation.

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Manual control
by Terfyn / November 23, 2015 1:11 AM PST

You need to force the camera to close the aperture. This will darken the rest of the picture but give control over the white subjects. Try MNL and then set the shutter speed.
Quote the Manual
If you record an extremely bright object or record under indoor lighting, colour and screen
brightness may change or a horizontal line may appear on the screen. In this case, record in the
Intelligent Auto Mode or set the shutter speed to 1/100 in areas where the power supply
frequency is 50 Hz, or 1/125 in areas of 60 Hz

Then close the aperture until the picture darkens enough to show the white objects clearly.

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Manual control
by abell_oz / November 23, 2015 2:08 AM PST
In reply to: Manual control

Thanks for your comment. I agree that manual control would allow me to make it as dark as needed, but then the camera wouldn't respond to further changes in lighting. So, for example, the next dance may look too dark. And I'm running three cameras, so it's difficult to adjust them all each time there's a change.

One of my cameras is a Nikon DSLR, which has a big range of exposure compensation. It allows me to prevent blowouts, while still automatically adjusting its exposure for the lighting. I wish the Panasonic had enough range to do the same. What annoys me a bit is that it seems like a software user interface issue - the camera can do it, but they don't allow the setting to go far enough in that mode.

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Average exposure
by Terfyn / November 23, 2015 8:50 AM PST
In reply to: Manual control

Camcorders normally go for averaging the exposure so white costume on dark stage means the costume will burn out. You need to change your style of filming to compensate. Get closer to the subject to force the camera to reduce the exposure. Cameras at the range of the 250/270 are "point and shoot" items so need a little help!

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