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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Shooting video with the subject in front of a window

If you try shooting with the subject in front of a window, you’re likely to realize that video cameras have a smaller dynamic range than the human eye. As such, either the window will be too bright or the subject will be too dark.

In order to fix this, you have some options:
Change position.
Use ND gel & CTO in order to balance the light intensity and color coming from the window.
Use extra light & CTB gel on the lights to balance the color and intensity with more light inside.
Expose for the subject and ignore the windows.
Expose for the windows and enjoy a silhouette look (if it makes sense artistically).
Place the subject so that the window doesn’t touch him/her. Shoot the scene. Keep the camera still on a tripod. Move the subject and expose for the window. Replace blown out window in post with after effects etc.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.