March 2, 2019

5 Tips for Shooting in Bad Outdoor Lighting

Shooting exteriors can be a real challenge if you don’t know how to use and control sunlight.

The sun is a great thing. It’s warm, it promotes life on Earth, and it offers free lighting for filmmakers. However, it’s also a sassy bitch sometimes.

When shooting exteriors, there are certain conditions and times of day in which it goes full Norma Desmond and wants to be the star of the show, shining bright and creating harsh, unflattering shadows on your subjects…probably in an attempt to make itself look better? I don’t know.

In any case, there are ways to tame that gassy beast so you have more control over how the light hits your subjects. In this video, filmmaker Chrystopher Rhodes of YCImaging shows you several exterior lighting techniques you can use to do just that. Check it out below:

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Source: NoFilmSchool