Boards > Questions
Ask a Question
I am shooting a short film in the desert with my Canon 70D. I'm looking for any advice any one has for shooting in ridiculously sunny conditions?
the one thing i'll tell you to make sure you get is a set of ND filters to control your exposure so you wont go too much on your shutter nor too low on you aperture. and have reflectors for lighting.... for your closeups bounce cards and most of all protect your gear from the heat... and sand.
April 6, 2015 at 10:26PM
ND is what you need. Variable is a good choice, but be careful with color casting from cheap glass.
You might also want to look into something to diffuse the light to get rid of harsh shadows. The pros will use a big silk, but really I'm sure a big white sheet could help almost as well. As long as it's somewhat a thin sheet.
April 7, 2015 at 9:31PM
Thank you both for your help!
April 10, 2015 at 8:15AM
Some quick ideas that come to mind:
1) If your film is really short, use as much as possible of the magic hour (sunset/sunrise), where the sun is not blasting full. You might be able to shoot the critical wides then.
2) During the day set up your actors such that the sun is always slightly behind, and they don't face the sun (and squint). The sun provides rim light, and you can expose on their faces. Or set them up in some sort of shadow area, whenever possible.
3) With any canon DSLR, you have to pay special attention to the low dynamic range of the camera. Ideally you find nice locations that the background is not overexposed.
4) You can use bounce cards to lower the dynamic range, but too much of it might blind the actors. (If you have big lights, you can use them too)
5) For your close-ups, you can put a diffuser between the actors and the sun.
6) Use negative fill a lot
7) As mentioned above, good ND filter is a must during the day, and probably a matte box is useful to lower reflections
April 10, 2015 at 5:45PM
I also have a 70D so I've found a couple things that help a lot. Never use your shutter to take down light. As already mentioned above, try to get at least an 0.9 ND because that will usually get you down to at least an f11 or f8 at 100iso. I don't recommend using a variable ND out of personal preference. Another filter that helps a lot is a polarizer, you can use one to make the sky look more blue and control reflections on windows and even actors faces. The last and very crucial thing is to download a flatter picture style. I personally use Marvals Cinestyle at -4 contrast and sharpness turned all the way down because it really brings out the best of my camera's dynamic range. I've tried Technicolor's Cinestyle but I find that all it really does is make my blacks grey, make my highlights grey, and bring out the noise and compression artifacts, so that's why I use Marvals. Other than that, just try to control your light on your subjects by either taking it out or adding more.
April 12, 2015 at 7:40PM