Bright light! Filming when it’s sunny.
Summer’s just about here, and the sun is showing its face more and more. If you’re filming outside in the sun, it can affect your footage, both good and bad. Here are some tips to make sure you’re not caught out by the extra light:
Get the white balance
Cameras take in Sun and natural light differently than they would take in artificial light, most cameras will have a function allowing the user to tweak the settings, so the colours on the footage look like they do to the eye.
Consider your lenses
DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) cameras have interchangeable lenses, giving a variety of depths of field and fields of view, some allow more light in than others. Before you set off on a shoot, consider the weather and the feel you want for your video before deciding on the lens.
Reflectors & filters are your friends
These tools are a must-have for any camera crew, even if you’re filming inside, they do what they say on the tin. Take a few of these with you and they can transform the way your shots look.
Take your time
This should go without saying, but if you’re shooting in the sun, don’t rush it! Make sure the camera is set correctly for the light, if the sun goes behind a cloud, wait for it to come out again, and use what you have to your advantage.