5 Tips For Shooting Video In Sunlight

Updated on September 25, 2021

When you think of sunshine, your mind probably doesn't go straight to 'awesome time for some video diaries'. This article will cover 5 things you should know when shooting video in sunlight. Despite the problems, it presents for your skin tone, textures, and details, there are certain benefits to shooting video outdoors on a bright day. These 5 tips are for making the most of sunny days.

1. Use Lens Hoods To Avoid Flares

Flares can be a big problem when you're shooting a video. They happen when a bright light source hits the front element of your lens. The best method to avoid them is by using a lens hood. Direct sunshine in most cases should be avoided while filming, except if it is for artistic purposes. Lens hoods are made to avoid such problems in the first place. If you don't have one, try covering it with your hand to save your shot from the flares.

2. Use A Filter To Balance Out The Light

A neutral density filter, or ND filter, is a filter that reduces the amount of light entering your camera. There are different ND filters: those with variable strength (typically labeled as VND) and those with a constant strength. The strength of the ND filter is measured in stops. A stop is a measurement of exposure, indicating how much light you need to double or halve the amount of light reaching your camera's sensor.

I use an ND8 filter for video recording during the day, and it works well for me. This reduces the amount of light entering my lens by 3 stops, so I can use an aperture of f/2 instead of f/11 when filming a video outside in the middle of the day.

However, you should select the strength of ND filter depending on your lens aperture and your goals. Make sure it is the right size and also that you use the right filter thread (the screw at the front of your lens). One of the most important thing when using any ND filter is keeping it clean. Even the slightest bit of dust can affect your photo or video when filming in direct sunlight.

3. Use higher dynamic range settings

If you absolutely have to film video in direct sunlight, another option is using a higher dynamic range setting on your camera. When filming a video in bright conditions, the camera tends to overpower by exposing for highlights. This means that the details of your scene are lost in the darkest parts of your footage. By using a higher dynamic range setting you may be able to recover some of the details that would otherwise have been lost in your video.

4. Pick Up Some Reflectors

Reflectors are another great option for filming outside. Even if you're not shooting a video with people, a reflector can help you get the best shot by reflecting light onto specific parts of the scene. A solution that nearly anyone can make is to take some reflective material, like aluminum foil or card stock, and using it to bounce light onto your subject. It can really help with the brightness of your subject, and it's a cheap option (or free!) to get some great shots.

5. Shoot At Lower F-Stops And Increase Your Shutter Speed

This is a common tip for shooting video, but it's especially important when you're doing so outdoors. Shoot at lower f-stops and increase your shutter speed. This means that you can capture more details in your shots, as well as capturing a wider range of colors and dynamic range.

Finally, don't forget to turn off the auto-exposure system since if you are facing direct sunlight, your exposure can drastically fluctuate. Use manual exposure and lock it to avoid this. These are some simple tips that can help you achieve a professional-looking video as the sun shines brightly in the sky. If you can think of any other helpful tips, share them in the comments below.

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