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  • Filming into direct sunlight… is it bad?

     Andy Ford updated 10 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 2 Posts
  • Spencer Maxwell

    April 13, 2020 at 6:50 pm

    I want to hear from the pros on this one:

    This burning question (pun not intended) has been in my head for years… is there damage to your camera / sensor when shooting into direct or indirect sunlight?
    Is it one of those “do it once in a while but not all the time things” or is it harmless?

    So many films now have the actors positioned in front of the sun with it flaring out around them and into the lens, so it appears to be a regular practice, but is it safe?

  • Andy Ford

    June 10, 2020 at 4:23 am

    There is a difference between taking shots of sunsets and sunrises and pointing your camera directly into the sun. The sun’s energy is vastly lessened relative to you when it is lower in the sky. Direct photo/video of the sun can harm your camera, especially during long exposures.

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