Join Eduardo Angel for an in-depth discussion in this video Finding the right spot to shoot, part of Corporate and Documentary Video Lighting.
- As soon as we arrived at the location, at about 2 p.m. on a very sunny day, we saw three possible shooting options. The first one was a repair shop full of interesting people, objects and textures. The shop had just opened and it was bustling with activity. The second location was where the bikes are stored with several bike racks and a few colorful items on the walls, but pretty dark and quiet otherwise. Then we had a pretty generic office space without much action or eye candy to pique our interest.
We wanted to show the craftsmanship, hands at work, happy faces, color and a sense of commitment. The repair shop was perfect for this. We also wanted to use the bike storage in the background to add the sense of depth to our frame. We had seen pictures of the location, and our original idea was to close the main gate and have full control of the light in the space. Unfortunately, we quickly realized that this would not be possible, as the gate provided the one and only entry access to the repair shop.
There was a difference of about five stops between the interior and the exterior. At some point, we would need to figure out a way to control the very bright ambient light while keeping the large door wide open. To spice things up, the space was closing in three hours and was unavailable to us after hours. So only three hours for shooting in a very busy workspace on a really bright day, no problem.
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