Every week, Media 523 will share an article from one of our favorite blogs or websites, that will help you to get more from your video productions.  Whether you’re shooting in Grand Forks or New York City, these tips will substantially increase your production value.

This week seems like a bit of a no-brainer- how to effectively shoot video outdoors.  It feels like a simple solution at first- there are no lights to fiddle with.  You can simply fire up your camera/phone and go, right?

If only it were that simple.

We’ve all shot video outside in direct sunlight that results in severe shadows on the talent, a blown-out background, or worse.  It can be infuriating.

Luckily, it’s not too difficult to get some truly spectacular results.  All you need is a little planning, a bit of diffusion to transform your work into something your social media followers will enjoy.

This week- Premium Beat provides us with some helpful tips that you’ll want to keep a copy of.  You may even want to print an laminate it… just in case!

While you’ll want to read the entire thing, here are some quick tips:

Stay out of direct sunlight.  Even though we’re always told that “more is better” in terms of lighting… that’s not exactly true.  Hard, direct light will produced harsh shadows, and cause the talent to squint.

Use a neutral density filter.  These will help cut down on the amount of light that reaches your camera’s sensor, helping to keep your exposure in check.  It also has the unintended benefit of allowing for a shallower, and often more pleasing, depth of field.  You can buy these from a number of different retailers, such as B&H and Amazon.

Shoot during sunrise or sunset.  The quality and color of light changes drastically during these brief periods, and the results can be stunning.

Shoot during overcast days.  Gray cloud cover make for natural soft light.  Especially if you’re not shooting the sky- use the weather to your advantage.

These are some terrific tips… but it’s admittedly a lot to take in at once!  Need some visual examples?  Head over to the article at Premium Beat, where they have a short (but sweet!) video that will help walk you through these concepts.

Link: https://www.premiumbeat.com/blog/production-tips-shooting-outdoor-lighting/

David Kuznicki is a Senior Producer for Media 523.

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