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  • Filming into direct sunlight… is it bad?

    Posted by Spencer Maxwell on 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?

    Shimshey Geiger replied 11 months, 3 weeks ago 4 Members · 3 Replies
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  • 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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  • Michał Wyderka

    February 15, 2023 at 11:58 pm

    I have already made many films where it happened to be filmed against the sun and I did not notice any problems with the camera sensor.

  • Shimshey Geiger

    June 26, 2023 at 1:39 pm

    Filming into direct sunlight can pose both advantages and challenges, depending on the desired effect and the specific conditions. The advantages can be the dramatic lights you’ll get. Direct sunlight can produce lens flares, which some filmmakers purposefully use to add flair or enhance the atmosphere of a scene.

    The challenges can be including overexposure and harsh shadows.

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