Relying on your camera screen to nail exposure is a sure recipe for disaster. Depending on the lighting situation, the contrast of your display, how it’s back-lit, as well as other parameters, you’ll see the luminosity values differently. To make sure you get it perfect, there are tools available to you. In this 10-minute long video, Haapoja from TravelFeels will list most of them and explain which is best for what situation.
Whether you are shooting videos or stills, it doesn’t matter, exposure is crucial and having it right on set is always better than tweaking it in post-production. The screen on the back of your camera is a great indicator to get a starting point, but it’s probably not perfect. I’d personally instead use it to check composition rather than exposure and colors.
Depending on your camera, and the accessories you use with it, you can, however, make the most out of your screen and limit the use a light or flash meter. From waveforms to histograms, without forgetting about false color, Haapoja explain them all in the above video. Even if you are a photographer, you should definitely take the time to watch this, because there are some methods less known in the photography industry, but that could definitely benefit our work.
Do you rely on such tools to get your exposure right in camera? Or do you base your settings on what you see on the screen? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.