Camcorder Controls: Understanding Exposure – Steve’s Digicams

Exposure is probably one of the most common features in a camcorder. It is the control used to let you adjust the exposure in your camcorder. Exposure is an important tool in your camcorder because it adjusts the amount of light that will hit your image sensor that can improve […]


Exposure is probably one of the most common features in a
camcorder. It is the control used to let you adjust the exposure in your
camcorder. Exposure is an important tool in your camcorder because it
adjusts the amount of light that will hit your image sensor that can
improve the quality of your video.

Below is a simple step-by-step procedure on how to use the exposure
control in your camcorder.

Step 1: Setting Your Camcorder

Before you can make any adjustments to the exposure, you first need
to set your camcorder. To do this, turn on your camcorder making sure
that it is in Recording or Camera mode. Go to the menu of your camcorder
and the exposure settings.

Step 2: Adjusting the Exposure Control

Once you have accessed the exposure settings of your camcorder, you
can now adjust the exposure control. Most camcorders would have the
Exposure control set along a numbered scale. The numbers in this scale
are generally set in half increments. Often times, you will find the
exposure level set to 0. To adjust the exposure level, all you need to
do is just move the number scale from 0 to positive or 0 to negative.

Step 3: Adding More Light to Your Video

You can adjust the exposure control in your camcorder to allow more
light into your video. To do this, just move the exposure control from 0
to the positive on the number scale. This will allow more light to
enter your camcorder, thus adding more light to your video.

You can add more light in your video if you are shooting in a dark
room or area. By increasing the exposure level of your camcorder, you
can capture a more detailed image.

Step 4: Removing Light to Your Video

On the other hand, you can also use the exposure control if you want
your video to be darker or if you want to lessen the amount of light
entering your camcorder. To do this, move your exposure control from 0
to the negative side of the number scale. The farther you set the
exposure control from 0, the darker your image will become.

If you are shooting in a bright location, like on a sunny beach,
adjust the exposure control level of your camcorder to make it darker.
This will help you lessen the amount of light that your camcorder will
capture.

Step 5: Using the Manual-Exposure Control

The Manual exposure control in your camcorder is best used when the
automatic exposure control or camcorder presets are not working properly
or giving you the desired level of light in your video. Using the
manual-exposure control is generally the same as the automatic. The
exposure control is adjusted from negative to positive to make the image
brighter or darker.

When using the exposure control in your camcorder, it is always
advisable to have an underexposed video or a video that is too dark
rather than one that is too light. This is because you can edit a dark
video, but it is more difficult to make a light video darker.

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