36Outdoor Lighting:What You Need to Knowto Shoot Great FootageOutdoors

 

Michael Loehr

 

 

 

 

How do you light the outdoor scenes in your videos? Do you plan and stage each shot carefully to make the most of the sun’s glow? Or do you just switch to outdoor white balance, call out “Action!” and roll tape?

Even if you choose the latter, chances are your videos still look pretty good. Today’s camcorders work well enough in daylight to make very acceptable pictures, even with no attention to lighting.

Maybe that’s why videographers don’t worry too much about outdoor lighting. Perhaps they think making the best use of sunlight requires expensive instruments and tools they can’t afford. Perhaps they just never learned the tricks of managing sunlight ...

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