This Is What You NEED For EXPOSURE (Scopes) | Summary and Q&A

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February 5, 2018
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This Is What You NEED For EXPOSURE (Scopes)

TL;DR

Learn how to properly expose your shots while filming and use post-production tools like waveform and vectorscope for accurate exposure, contrast, and color correction.

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Key Insights

  • 🧑‍⚖️ Histograms, waveform scopes, and false color are useful tools for judging exposure values while filming.
  • 😎 Filmmakers should aim for exposure values that are neither underexposed nor overexposed, while considering exceptions for very bright elements like the sun.
  • 🧑‍⚖️ False color is particularly helpful in judging exposure values for skin tones.
  • ❓ Ansel Adams' Zone System provides a reference for different exposure values and is useful when using false color.
  • 🧑‍⚖️ In post-production, waveform scopes help in judging exposure and contrast, while vectorscope assists in color correction and ensuring consistent color balance.
  • 😃 Scopes provide accurate measurements and eliminate the subjectivity of our eyes when judging exposure and color.
  • ❓ Consistency in exposure, contrast, and colors across shots is crucial for a seamless and professional-looking final product.

Questions & Answers

Q: How can I properly expose my shots while filming?

Utilize tools like histograms, waveform scopes, and false color to judge exposure values and avoid clipping highlights or losing detail in shadows. Histograms show the distribution of exposure values, waveform scopes map exposure values from left to right, and false color assigns different colors to exposure values.

Q: How can waveform scopes help in post-production?

In post-production, waveform scopes can be used to judge exposure and contrast. Keep shadows just touching the zero iree value to avoid clipping, while highlights should touch the 100 re value, unless there is a very bright element in the shot. Waveform scopes ensure consistency in exposure values across shots.

Q: How can vectorscope assist in color correction?

Vectorscope is a color wheel that shows where your image is shifting towards in terms of color. By analyzing the vectorscope, you can correct color imbalances by using a three-way color corrector and dragging colors in the opposite direction.

Q: Why are scopes more reliable than our eyes when judging exposure and color?

Our eyes and brain can trick us into seeing exposure and color incorrectly, but scopes are scientific tools that provide accurate measurements. Scopes allow filmmakers to make precise adjustments and ensure consistency in exposure and color.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Filmmakers often struggle with properly exposing their shots, resulting in overexposed or underexposed footage.

  • While filming, tools like histograms, waveform scopes, and false color can help filmmakers judge exposure values and avoid clipping highlights or losing detail in shadows.

  • In post-production, filmmakers can use waveform and vectorscope to ensure consistent exposure, contrast, and colors across shots.

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