How do you set exposure for video? In: Cameras Posted December 7, 2016 6 hours ago, Vesku said: I am quite experienced on video but in my shooting style I cant use manual exposure so carefully that the exposure would be always spot on. This is true with my photos too. If you are experienced with still photography shooting full manual for exposure should not be a problem in most situations. I learned how to shoot stills on a full manual FILM camera. High quality full auto stills cameras for the masses are a relatively new phenomenon. Autofocus is definitely a time saver particularly on modern lenses which are terrible for manual focusing. But exposure? Heck when I shoot film nowadays I actually use a hand meter almost 100% of the time! I use an incident hand meter and it gets me where I need to be most of the time. My dream is to be able to use a spot meter like Ansel Adams and really dial in my exposure but again I don't have the skill level. My film cameras have built in filters but with black and white film you use yellow, orange, red, and green filters and of course polarizers so who knows what the meter is reading. I have to use a handheld meter and then take the number the meter gives me in stops and do a mental adjustment for the whatever filters are on the lens and then translate that result into a aperture and shutter speed. If someone really knows what they are doing with a DSLR and says using it in full manual exposure is a pain I submit to you they don't know what they are doing.