How to Record in Dark Places with a Camcorder

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Recording with your camcorder between sunset and sunrise can be tricky. The lighting is almost always less than ideal. However, a few tricks can help you get the video you want after dark. Here are some tips on how to record night shots with your camcorder.

Things You'll Need

  • Camcorder
  • Film inside whenever possible. It is easier to control interior lighting conditions and you won't have to change your recording style.

  • Use exterior lighting. Amateur videographers might use car headlights, a large flashlight or even a streetlight, whereas professionals use their own more complex lighting.

  • Use a night vision feature. Many new digital cameras offer a night vision feature that uses a light amplification technique to produce a green, grainy picture.

  • Avoid low light areas. While a seasoned videographer can make these shots, they require a skilled and steady hand.

  • Buy a camcorder with a low lux rating. The lux rating is a measure of how sensitive the camcorder's eye is to light. A camcorder with a low lux rating needs less light to function effectively.

  • Use video editing software. Many digital camcorders are bundled with software that makes video editing simple. These programs offer tools to help steady, brighten and otherwise clarify your night shots.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use an LCD viewfinder if possible. This will allow you to see what is being recorded, whereas a traditional viewfinder provides a lot of wiggle room between what you see and what you actually get.
  • Night vision is more of a gimmick than anything else. Not many people want to watch a lengthy video recorded with night vision.
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