How to light an interview outside..
Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:10 PM
(with a third camera going handheld)
outside in what might be the bright sun.
I don't have access to a butterfly/overhead.
I have some foam core and a reflector and was wondering if
there was any advice I could get on how to make this look as good
Posted 02 April 2008 - 07:55 PM
Use foamcore or a soft silver reflector to bounce a soft keylight into their face, making sure to get a nice little sparkle in their eyes. Treat this as key light, not a fill light, including a mild contrast ratio against the ambient fill light.
Posted 04 April 2008 - 07:25 PM
Posted 04 April 2008 - 09:51 PM
One of the key things to remember about using available light outdoors is this, Daylight is blue. Sunlight is orange. When you bounce sunlight on a clear day, you're not bouncing blue daylight.
That's really not much of problem most of time. SKYlight may be blue (coming straight down), but ambient light is a mix of all the colors of everything light is bouncing off of (plants, building, cars, pavement, etc.). The overall effect isn't nearly as blue as pure skylight. Direct sunlight only becomes noticeably warmer than the ambient light when the sun is low. The only time I've ever run into a color problem with bounced sunlight is very late in the day...
Posted 04 April 2008 - 11:37 PM
Posted 04 April 2008 - 11:47 PM
If youre bouncing sunlight on a clear day the bounced key will often be noticeably warmer than the fill or ambient light. This is obviously more noticeable during dawn or dusk but I have definitely noticed it during midday shooting. It's especially a problem if you're using the shiny side of the board which you sometimes need for punch depending on how far away you might be grabbing the sunray. In any case if you find that the light is too warm, you may wish to correct this with some CTB. You may not. It's up to you. Trust your eye when shooting film, grab a good monitor when you shoot video.
Your theory is right, I'm just saying it's not that big a problem. At least it hasn't been for me in almost 20 years' worth of outdoor shots. Like you say, trust your eye and/or monitor.