Join Eduardo Angel for an in-depth discussion in this video Harvesting sunlight for outdoor shoots, part of Corporate and Documentary Video Lighting.
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- A critical difference between using artificial lights versus harvesting sunlight is that we can't move the sun. So we need to carefully consider where to place our cameras and how to block our actors. If we are using the sun as our key light, we also need to match its color temperature, quality, and direction. Being aware of the constantly changing position of sunlight will also help avoid creating shadows with your crew or gear. If we position the light behind our subject, we can create some interesting effects.
Traditionally, the key and fill are positioned in front or slightly to the side of the actors. But for this segment, we'll be using the sun as our key light and see if we can't harness it as a fill.
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