How To Nail EXPOSURE Every Time

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hey guys welcome travels and welcome to

another episode of Kiev feedback today

we're going to be talking about nailing

exposure one of the most important

things you can do while you're filming

is to expose correctly not only does it

look better to expose properly but it

gives you a much better starting point

for your post-processing especially for

color grading if you've overexposed too

much you're not going to be able to get

those highlights back and correct them

and if you've under exposed too much

you're not going to be able to get those

shadows back and from what I've seen

watching these films a lot of people

tend to over expose by quite a bit so

let's get into a couple films the first

one is called Iceland it's by Harry

Thomas Wilson and this is a really cool

little video I think I really like the

pacing and the editing the song choice

was really good it just fit the visuals

and the editing really well the color

grid is really nice too I actually like

this quite a bit and it fits the mood

and feel of the video but you're over

exposing a lot of your shots and this

makes some of them look a lot worse than

they should and the color grade just

doesn't stick quite as well as it should

and I get it sometimes it's really hard

to see what's going on on that little

LCD screen is really bright outside you

have no idea really what's going on but

take the time and make sure you're

exposing properly there's a lot of shots

where you probably weren't able to get

the highlights back in post and it just

would have been a lot better if you two

had a little bit more information in the

highlights what great job overall I

really like this edit next we have no

place like home by a/b films and I

really like how you're telling the story

here about this island that you grew up

on and you're telling all the amazing

things about the island and why you

think it's the best place on earth I

really appreciate that you're trying to

really tell story through this film it

is a bit too long in my opinion I think

it could be a lot shorter a lot faster

pacing for the editing remember less is

more but again your exposure is kind of

all over the place some of the clips are

really nicely exposed and then some of

them again are just overexposed and

you're losing the highlights in a lot of

the shots so how do we get good exposure

while we're filming and keep it

consistent well the answer is

instagrams and waveforms every camera

pretty much nowadays has a histogram and

that's a really good simple tool to

gauge your exposure a histogram

basically just shows the values from the

shadows on your left side to the

highlights on the right side and in

between is all the other luminance

values so with the histogram if you see

that the values are kind of hitting the

left side that means you're underexposed

and you're losing detail in the shadows

or if you see that it's hitting the

right side of the wall that means you're

over exposing and you're losing

information in the highlights so ideally

you would have all the information

towards the middle kind of like a

mountain in the middle so it's really

easy and quick to look at the histogram

and say that whether I'm underexposed or

overexposed but an even better tool is

the waveform and unfortunately a lot of

cameras don't have the waveform but you

can get monitors that have them and

that's what I usually do I'm using the

small HD 502 because it has waveform and

less and all this good stuff built in

and the reason why the waveform is so

good is that it not only shows you the

values of exposure the shadows on the

bottom and the highlights on top but it

also tells you what on your image is

overexposed or underexposed so if you

have let's say a light or the Sun on the

right side it's going to show you that

you're over exposing in that area and

that's okay because it's the Sun or it's

a light and supposed to overexposed

so it's super handy if you have a person

in the middle you can tell where the

exposure values of that person are or

what's underexposed I almost feel like

I'm flying blind if I'm not using a

waveform you can also use a waveform and

post while they're color grading to make

sure you're not crushing the shadows or

the highlights too much it's a really

handy tool and I use it all the time I

cannot express how important it is to

use either a histogram or a waveform

while you're shooting and editing it

just helps so much otherwise you're just

kind of guessing whether or not your

image is exposed all right so my pic of

the day it's called Karaka 2016 and it's

by leonard Hartman's and in this video

we have a lot better exposure which

means that the video clips are going to

look better and the color grade and

everything is going to look better I

really like the intro I like the

narration I like the little cool things

you did like with the editing and the

matching of the clips and I actually

like the intro way better than the rest

of the film I think the intro is super

good whereas the rest of the film it's

kind of

okay it doesn't quite fit there's

something that's a little bit off and

again it might be that there's not

enough faces or close-ups of those

people that the intro is talking about

or it might just be that the end needed

a little bit more narration to kind of

tie it all together but overall I really

like this video and the exposure was

really nicely done great work on this

one learn so there we have it you need

to nail your exposure that's a really

easy giveaway that you're doing amateur

video is if you're always over exposed

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