Join Eduardo Angel for an in-depth discussion in this video Analyzing the interview location, part of Corporate and Documentary Video Lighting.
- On this specific assignment, we only had 45 minutes to set up, and five minutes to shoot the interview. As I arrive to the location, my first consideration is to find the best spot to shoot the interview. Ideally, it is an interesting looking place. But most importantly, it needs to be quiet. Once I find that spot, the second most important consideration is where to place the cameras. Luckily, the room looked great, and I immediately saw two good shooting spots.
I was able to kill the house lights, which saved me some prep time. There was a huge table that I couldn't move, and a very bright frosted glass window along the room. The window had blinds, but they couldn't be controlled individually. It was all or nothing. Which direction was the window facing? This is an important thing to consider, as northern light is typically softer than southern light. Eastern light is harder in the morning, while western light is harder in the afternoon. At night, the light sources need to be positioned outside the shooting angles, and during the day, the window light often needs to be diffused.
There are plenty of handy smartphone apps that can help us answer this question.
Each chapter begins with a strategy session, and includes tips for capitalizing on natural light, repositioning the camera, and getting the final shot. Eduardo closes the course with a wrap-up of the shoots and some final thoughts on shooting video for corporate clients.
- Choosing your location wisely
- Working with natural light
- Picking a camera position
- Lighting the scene