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Apr 6, 2019 16:30:04   #
MikeMck (a regular here)
 
crazydaddio wrote:
Ditto.
This is what I do....
If the lighting on the speaker is multiple stops away from the backdrop (ie extremely high dynamic range), don't let the camera decide in any mode as even slight framing difference could swing the exposure significantly. Take a few test shots, check your histogram, and then fire away.


Thank you

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Apr 6, 2019 17:18:11   #
User ID (a regular here)
 
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Ched49 wrote:

Yes, you can either do that or use a faster
shutter speed to bring your exposure graph
(in your vu finder) a little to the minus side.


That is not a solution.

Exposure compensation
is an AE function.

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Apr 7, 2019 06:23:37   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
MikeMck wrote:
I am shooting a variety of monologues on stage. The background is all black and the actor is bright because of the stage lighting. I am going to set my exposure compensation value to the minus side to underexpose the subject. Is my rationale correct? I also am using 'spot" focus to concentrate on the face of the actor. Thanks for your help.

What is going to be your metering method. Matrix, center weighted, or spot. These could also effect the amount of exposure compensation needed. But you are on the right track.

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Apr 7, 2019 06:33:17   #
Resqu2 (a regular here)
 
I do lots of theatre shots and found even with spot metering I still have to do some adjusting to the actor or singer if there in the spotlight just right. I love theatre photography and wish I could do more. I get to use my theater to do shoots for friends and the lighting can be an absolute blast to shoot in.

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Apr 7, 2019 07:45:48   #
tcthome (a regular here)
 
I think the AutoISO was the real critical setting. Good luck.

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Apr 7, 2019 08:08:26   #
Feiertag (a regular here)
 
On a side issue, make sure your white balance is set correctly.

Post some of the finished product and share with us your personal experience.

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Apr 7, 2019 08:08:33   #
khorinek (a regular here)
 
MikeMck wrote:
I am shooting a variety of monologues on stage. The background is all black and the actor is bright because of the stage lighting. I am going to set my exposure compensation value to the minus side to underexpose the subject. Is my rationale correct? I also am using 'spot" focus to concentrate on the face of the actor. Thanks for your help.


I shoot a fair amount of live entertainment and have the same issues. I've even asked for help on this site, and have gotten some good advice. This is what I have come up with so far. I shoot manual, shutter speed @ 1/320, Aperture @ 5.6 or 6.3 and adjust ISO so you are -1 on exposure, usually around 6400 -8000, I've tried spot metering but that didn't help, I stay with evaluative metering and I use spot focus.

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Apr 7, 2019 09:41:02   #
Ched49 (a regular here)
 
User ID wrote:
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That is not a solution.

Exposure compensation
is an AE function.

.
Sorry if you misunderstood, bringing up the shutter speed is one option a photographer can use.

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Apr 7, 2019 09:51:23   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
Ched49 wrote:
Sorry if you misunderstood, bringing up the shutter speed is one option a photographer can use.


Yes if the camera is in manual mode (and the auto ISO is off) then setting the higher shutter speed reduces exposure.

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Apr 7, 2019 09:53:16   #
zacksoccer
 
Jak, I have had similar challenges shooting orchestral settings...when I am using auto-iso (typically with a Nikon D750 or D500) I get too much noise as the iso is getting in the 3200-4000 range...is this normal to have this level of noise? (Am using a Nikon 70-200 2.8) Thanks





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Apr 7, 2019 10:03:09   #
Ched49 (a regular here)
 
BebuLamar wrote:
Yes if the camera is in manual mode (and the auto ISO is off) then setting the higher shutter speed reduces exposure.
UH, OK...what did I just say?

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Apr 7, 2019 10:10:02   #
anotherview (a regular here)
 
If permitted, flash lighting could solve the exposure problem. Control the exposure of the background by the setting of the shutter speed.

Practice this technique before trying it live.
MikeMck wrote:
I am shooting a variety of monologues on stage. The background is all black and the actor is bright because of the stage lighting. I am going to set my exposure compensation value to the minus side to underexpose the subject. Is my rationale correct? I also am using 'spot" focus to concentrate on the face of the actor. Thanks for your help.

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Apr 7, 2019 10:25:36   #
MikeMck (a regular here)
 
billnikon wrote:
What is going to be your metering method. Matrix, center weighted, or spot. These could also effect the amount of exposure compensation needed. But you are on the right track.


I will use spot. Thanks

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Apr 7, 2019 11:13:41   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
Ched49 wrote:
UH, OK...what did I just say?


I said you're right.

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Apr 7, 2019 11:17:59   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
zacksoccer wrote:
Jak, I have had similar challenges shooting orchestral settings...when I am using auto-iso (typically with a Nikon D750 or D500) I get too much noise as the iso is getting in the 3200-4000 range...is this normal to have this level of noise? (Am using a Nikon 70-200 2.8) Thanks


You could reduce the exposure a little bit but not by much. Since you do need to use a relatively high shutter speed 1/125 to 1/250 or so. ISO 3200-4000 is about what you have to use. If your camera is noisy as those ISO then nothing you can do (well you can use some form of PP noise reduction). All cameras have noticeable noise at those ISO but perhaps you have to accept it.

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