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Can someone explain how to use AEL (auto exposure lock)?

#1 lrtusername
I have had good luck using keyframes to adjust the exposure in LRTimelapse, but I am trying to get the shutter speed to adjust during the shoot. I noticed AEL was ON and the shutter speed was not changing from image to image. I turned AEL OFF and it appeared to change the shutter speed in the camera display from 1/4 to .3 seconds, but upon reviewing the finished images the shutter speed only changed from 1/5 to 1/6. 

If anyone can explain how to correctly use AEL and whether to use LO, MID, or HIGH tracking that would be great. Or is it better to use a locked shutter speed and just adjust the exposure in post processing like I have been doing? (The reason I want the shutter speed to increase is to get light trails at night)

PS. I am, using a Sony camera so the qdslrdashboard will not work unfortunately
#2 gwegner
I think your are on the wrong track. AEL has nothing to do with this and won't help you.
You should have the camera on M mode for the holy grail shooting, then either change the settings manually when needed, or use qDslrDashboard - it usually works with sony cameras! Just search the forum for some tips about that.
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