you're about to watch outdoor lighting at noon and I wanted to remind you that you can find more videos articles and more at video maker dot-com to check it out just click on the link for more great content go to video maker com four times the video articles forms reviews and more video maker com if you've been shooting video for a while you're probably familiar with the magic hour you know the first and last hour of sunlight that provides magnificent lighting for your scene of course you may also be aware that shooting outside at noon on a sunny day is pretty much the worst case lighting scenario in this segment we test out different lighting setups to combat the midday Sun and show you how to make the best use of it using reflectors whiteboards diffusion and location with a few tricks up your sleeve you can help the Sun work for you instead of against you and achieve good results if you were in a studio and only had one light chances are putting the HAR light directly above your talent would be the quickest way to the unemployment line essentially shooting at noon is taking an extremely intense hardlight known as the Sun and placing it directly above your talent just look at this example notice how the shadows fall directly downward onto our subject this creates the raccoon eyes effect and just generally looks very unflattering the hard light from the Sun also produces dark shadows and bright highlights that give the scene a very high contrast so what can you do when it comes to the Sun give a few options reflect it diffuse it supplement it or control your location many times you may need to use a combination of these options to get good results first let's talk about reflecting the Sun when it comes to reflection you have three main tools to help reflectors whiteboards and even your location using a reflector will let you harness the intense light of the Sun and redirect it for a better angle to help reduce the heart chato's in this shot we've got a silver reflector bouncing sunlight back from the right side of our subject you can see we've filled in that side but we're still left with pretty heavy shadows on the opposite side but compared with our untreated shot you can see that many of the most offensive shadows have been filled in and we're now able to make out the eyes of our subject to fill in those crisp shadows we can use a white foam core board to balance the sunlight onto the other side of our subject using the white foam core produces a softer reflection that leaves some of the key light shadows in place on the left side we got our shot with just a reflector and on the right we've added the foam core board to fill in the shadows notice how the reflector side is still a bit brighter which allows us to see the shape and depth of our subjects head for a great article on using reflectors and white boards you can check out the link in the description if you don't have a reflector or a whiteboard try to pick a spot near a bright wall or reflective ground surface that can provide help counteracting the shadows another tool you can use is diffusion using a large diffuser to soften the sunlight will reduce the intensity of the shadows on your subject here's our setup using diffusion on its own the hard overhead light has been transformed into a much softer light of course the downside to this is that we had to open up our iris to properly expose our talent which causes our background to look a bit hot one possible way to fix this is by using a net behind your subject to cut the intensity of the background you can also use reflectors and wide ports to add more light to your diffuse subject this shot was taken using the diffusion overhead and using a reflector and white board to provide more light in our subject comparing this technique to the diffusion only shot allows you to see that we've reduced the contrast between our subject and background to some extent for tips on DIY diffusion you can check out the link in the description if you have lighting equipment with enough intensity and the power to run it you may be able to use it to complement the existing sunlight in this shot we've used a hex Lux in a white X um7 LED Fornell the CTV filter on it to match the color temperature to daylight we placed it as close as we could to our subject this slide gives off about 1400 foot candles on spot at 5 feet without the gel as you can see we've still got some really intense shadows we need a more powerful light like in HMI to get the job done right of course if you had the freedom to choose you can move to a location that provides shade for your talent and your background if you don't have any tools to control the Sun this is going to be your best bet this shot was taken with our subject and background completely in the shade the area to the right of our subject is open and you can see that that side of his face is getting more light while the building to the left of our talent is absorbing some of our light which is giving a nice soft shadow on his left side you can place reflectors and whiteboards to balance the sunlight onto your subject to keep them well lit here is our shady shot using a reflector to add more light to the right side of our subject one issue this creates is the shadows on the wall the solution here would have been to pull our subject further away from the wall here is the same setup using a white board to reflect a bit of light back onto our subjects left side looking at the two side-by-side you can see that the whiteboard really does help fill in the shadows in many situations combining bits and pieces of each technique can yield some pretty good results in this shot we have our talent in the Sun with the diffusion overhead but our background is completely shaded this helps keep the focus on our subject and downplays the background here's the same shot using a reflector to help brighten or subject a bit both of these techniques have pretty good results so if we were all photographers and just think it's still shots all of these methods could be equally as effective but in the world of video our talent needs to be able to deliver a performance in the lighting conditions we set up reflectors can give you an intense key light but it can also be pretty difficult for your talent to keep their eyes fully open when the reflection of the Sun is hitting them in the face our goal was to have our talent simply stand and keep his eyes open for 10 seconds let's see how that went you can see that while reflectors work well the intensity of the Sun may be a bit too much to handle at midday if your shots aren't pretty short one alternative to a reflector is using a shiny white board for the key and a dull white board is the fill this may be a bit more tolerable for your talent now let's take a look at some of our results side by side each method produces a different look but one thing is clear any method you choose is going to give you far superior results than making no attempt to control the Sun at all if we add our way we can always shoot at Magic Hour and have our lives be a little easier but in the real world you have to make the best with the sort of stances you're given lucky for us using a few simple tools to control the Sun can give us the results we can be proud of thanks for watching Oh

Outdoor Lighting at Noon: Reflectors, White Boards, and Diffusion
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15 thoughts on “Outdoor Lighting at Noon: Reflectors, White Boards, and Diffusion

  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    Thank you,so helpful

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    Thanks for doing this!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    Thanks so much. Great!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    I just want you to know that your video was used to promote a John Boehner ad, in case you are uncomfortable being used to sell political ads.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    Excellent video on the subject, thank you!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    Its a crime this is at 5000 views only.. probably one of the best if not the best.. plenty of practical reference images, most I have seen., Well Paced too..
    If I ever become successful videomaker is gonna be one of my top recommendations for people starting out to go to..

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    Thanks! really helpful

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    You should use diffusion panel over your bald head to prevent it from blinking annoyingly and taking all my attention to itself. Why don't you follow your own advice? 😉

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    I use my camera to Shoot a video but I need to add effect to make it look like other mitv video what should I do am using pro Vegas and newbluefx

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    call it whatever you want, I prefer magic hour as golden hour sounds to much like golden shower

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    No link in the description

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    Fantastic love you guys

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:45 pm
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    Great video! thanks

    Im about to invest in 3 LCD light panels(battery) for videoing interviews. Still not sure on what the best bang of the buck is. Ive looked at some Manfrotto lights and they are pretty nice.

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