Things to look out for when shooting video Tips & Tricks
Now there are so many things to keep track of when shooting video such as light source or shadows or the actual color of the shoot. Especially if you want to match or retake a scene that is later in the day or a month down the road. That is why I recommend a monitor when shooting, see this quick article; External video Monitors.
The angle of the sun is ever changing, so if you shoot a video scene a month ago at 11:Am and went to re-shoot it over at the same time, even if the weather is about the same the lens will pick up the different lighting. No matter if inside or out for the shot unless your shot has no windows and you are supplying the light. Fortunately some of that mis-matched light can be picked up in editing software with the backlight bloom.
Remember to watch out for Shadows, they need to be looked out for. I can’t stress enough how shadows can make a or break a shot. The correct shadows can make a person look ominous or mysterious conversely a shadow can make a scene or shot look like a scene or shot. Like when a lamp is casting a bigger shadow then it’s light source would actually create. Or having your subject so well lit that they cast a shadow on the wall behind them as though there is a UFO outside the house. Think Close Encounters.
Learn your colors for light. What? Different color light? Yes, 6500K is like midday Spring sun whereas 2700 is like evening or summer afternoon. Write down the color lights you use at your shot, or walk in front of the camera before the scene, like I do. Hit record and state the time, day, color of lights how many used and any other gel or reflector used. So I know at the studio during edit what I was using and what the result was and if I find something I like or dislike I at least know what I was using at the time. It could be an extra 3500K bulb or the lack of that makes or breaks the shot.
Monitor your sound too, nothing worse then having bad sound because you did not hook up a 5 dollar headphone set to check your sound. Sure you can dub it in the studio or do a voice-over. Really it is so much easier to just catch it at the shoot. I cannot stress enough about using an external mic, this one works fine and is not that expensive has both lapel and hand held style Azden WMS-PRO Wireless Microphone System or you can see my other write up on external mics
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