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We completed our safety check. We put some batteries back on charge. We've been doing some shooting all along but I want to take a moment to discuss some of the particular camera settings. Let's start with a brief overview of the exposure triangle. Alright, in this particular case, as I'm looking at the shot, what I want to do is balance things out. This particular lens goes up to F16. Now, I could slap a neutral density filter on here to knock the light down even more. But, it's looking pretty good. I've got a good base exposure here.
And then I could go ahead and adjust the shutter speed until I get proper exposure. Now in this case, there's a lotta dark grays. And so I'm going to go just slightly overexposed for the road, not a lot, just a third of a stop. It's looking pretty good. As you balance out that shutter speed you'll get more or less streaking with the drive by. Now, depending upon when you're shooting, maybe it's at night time, you might want more streaks for there's the light so that it really gets elongated. In the case here, I'm going to go for a relatively crisp shot but I want a little bit of streaks in there.
And note, as I adjust the camera it shows me the settings. And along the bottom is the exposure meter. So I can really tell how I'm doing. Now, of course, throughout the day this might change. So you might have to make some adjustments to the camera. Looking pretty good. I'm on a constant white balance. I do not want to be on an auto white balance. Things are changing. We're driving through different lighting conditions. Through shadows. Clouds might come in overhead. That's going to get in the way of getting a good white balance, so lock it in and be good with it.
Alright, that looks pretty good. In this case I'm at my lowest ISO. I have plenty of light, I'm out in the middle of the desert. Last night, when we were doing our test shooting we had not a lot of light, and patches of darkness. So we bumped up the ISO a bit. I'll show you a couple of sample shots here and you can look at the settings and get an idea of how we balanced out the exposure triangle. And remember, if you're not familiar with the exposure triangle, just look up our full length time lapse title on lynda.com that will go deeper.
Or you could check out some of the episodes of DSLR video tips where we've covered this in depth. Mastering the exposure triangle is essential.
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