Changing Aperture verses Gain levels

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    • #37810
      Anonymous
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      When using the Manual Setting on an HD camera, whats the difference in turning up the aperture value to darken the shot or turning down the gain level to darken the shot?

    • #167483
      EarlC
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      Using the aperture setting will not degrade the image quality to the extent that adjusting the gain will. While darkening might in some ways differ, it is especially true that using gain to make the sensor(s) MORE sensitive to light will introduce more graininess in your video.

      Using aperture or shutter speeds to manually control the light quality will avoid the general image degradation that gain usually introduces to a greater or lesser degree.

      This is a general comment and there are a wide range of specifics regarding the use and purpose of either approach. Just be aware that gain (boosting the signal electronically “artificially”) will usually introduce “noise” more so than working with aperture/shutter speeds.

      Your aperture setting WILL however have an effect on your depth of focus wide open = shallow; closed all the way = gives a deeper range of image that remains in focus, “infinity” more or less, to use the photographic term.

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      Rob
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      I would just like to add that you shouldn’t use the Gain to reduce the exposure because that implies that you typically shoot with your Gain turned on. Gain should be set to 0dB to reduce the amount of visual noise and increasing it should be a last resort when trying to increase the exposure.

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