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Lighting Considerations

While nearly any video camera can shoot in a conference room under fluorescent lights, auditoriums present their own lighting challenges. The auditorium probably has spotlights and a dark background behind the stage. The subject is lit with a bright light, and the dark background can make it difficult to obtain correct exposure.

You'll need to set the camera to manual iris control or, if you are using a consumer-grade camcorder, engage the spotlight compensation function. That may be found in the “program AE” feature of the camcorder. With a camcorder set to automatic, you'll run the risk of the subject becoming overexposed; faces could look pasty white as the autoexposure system reads the dark background and opens the iris to brighten it.


  

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