NZcaver wrote:The first trick is try to bring lots of light with you!
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Chads93GT wrote:Ok, We (my grotto) are wanting to get some video inside of our project cave, becuase the formations in it are never ending, fantastic, and just keep getting bigger and bigger, the further into the cave we push.
I shoot videotape for a living, literally, during the day with hand held cameras, but not underground in the dark. I know when the lighting is low, the video gets very choppy, due to the exposure settings, etc.
My question, how do I get good videotape in the cave, when all we have are our head lamps and what not? What are the tricks? We are only amatures, not looking to buy any expensive equipment. Just trying to get some cool cave video to make a montage of our cave, and whats in it.
Agreed, I bought a 10 million cp light for that purpose and it washed everything out... BUT a friend recommended putting wax paper over the lens and that helped diffuse the light rather well. Of course am now thinking thick tracing paper might be better. And the lamp being held a few feet BEHIND and to the side of the camera pointed at the subject in question. Like a flash arm for SLR's.Marbry wrote:What they said. You probably already know most consumer video cameras really suck in low light. You're going to have to be real close to the subject using just headlamps, and of course the headlamps aren't always pointed where the camera is. Either get a camera that does well in low light (specifically why I bought the one I did), or just bring lots of diffuse light. Spotlights can be as bad as not enough light as they tend to wash it out in the center, leaving the rest under exposed.
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