You’re shooting a video and your subject looks like one big shadow. Why? Because there’s a window or other light source behind her, backlighting the scene. However, fixing it is easy when your camera is equipped with Samsung’s Backlight Compensation.
All cameras and camcorders have trouble shooting when a light source (especially the sun) is directly in front of the lens, lighting the subject from behind. While our eyes can generally adjust to this challenge, even a sensitive camera has trouble with it and will automatically compensate for bright light conditions. This keeps the sun from washing out the image, but it has the unfortunate side effect of making everything else—notably what you’re trying to take a video of—very dark. It can even ruin the video.
Backlight Compensation remedies this by allowing the camcorder to lighten up its subject, removing harsh shadows and dark shading. All it takes is the press of a button in your camcorder’s settings menu.
Backlight Compensation can be useful in many scenarios. If you find yourself in one of the following conditions and the LCD’s preview image looks dark, you’ll probably want to turn it on.
On a Samsung Camcorder like the QF20BN, all you need to do to turn on Backlight Compensation is press the Home button, touch Manual, and touch the Backlight tab. As you’d expect, “On” turns on Backlight Compensation; “Off” switches it off.
Though it’s great in a pinch, you shouldn’t rely on Backlight Compensation all the time. You’ll get even better results if you properly light your scene before you start shooting. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re getting ready to shoot.
For more advice on how to capture great videos, check out our other Camcorder Articles.
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