Shooting Outside and Making it Beautiful

Marshall Rimmer, Filmmaker

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7 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Trailer

    • 2. Picking a Location

    • 3. Filters

    • 4. Shooting Flat

    • 5. Bouncing Light

    • 6. French Reverse

    • 7. Thank You!

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Project Description

Before You Begin...

Welcome to my class! I hope you will learn many film tips that will stick with you throughout your filmmaking career, whether you are an aspiring professional or active hobbyist.

If you're part of Skillshare's Membership program, you can sign up for my other classes completely free of charge! I recommend going ahead and doing that now, even if you're not planning on immediately jumping into the other courses. That way, if you ever have questions about other topics, you will be able to access these classes more quickly. It will take two seconds and is completely free!

Once you've signed up for the other courses go ahead and continue your work on this unit.

Pick a Location

       1. Research local sunrise and sunset. This will vary depending on the time of year.

                    Decide the Look of Your Video

                    Do you want your subject shaded or backlit?

                    Look for a Location

                    Find a location that is both aesthetically pleasing and fitting to your subject-matter. 

Purchase Filters

  1. Purchase an ND filter

    Take note of your lens' diameter / thread size. You may need to purchase one of the following step-up or step-down rings to make the 77mm ND filter compatible.

    52-77mm Step-Up Ring
    58-77mm Step-Up Ring
    72-77mm Step-Up Ring
    82-77mm Step-Down Ring
  2. Purchase a Gradient Filter

    Take note of your lens' diameter.

  3. Pick up an SD card if you need one (slow-motion may require high write speeds).

Shoot Flat

  1. Adjust a Picture Profile to neutral settings

    Take the contrast and saturation as low as possible.

Bounce Light

  1. Purchase a bounce board

    This can even be thick, white poster board.

French Reverse

Now Go Out There and Film!

  1. Film your interview, scene, or vlog

    Keep in mind everything that we've learned.

  2. Upload your final project

    Edit it together using iMovie, Windows Movie Maker, Final Cut Pro, or Adobe Premiere.

More Detailed Notes

  • Time of Day Notes

    • Research local sunrise and sunset times.
    • DO NOT record video within two hours of midday. Midday is around 1:00pm, but varies depending on where you live and what time of year it is.
    • Color Temperature rapidly changes during sunrise and sunset. If you happen to be recording during this time, be sure to constantly change the White Balance accordingly.
  • Subject Position Notes

    • Decide if you want your subject to be shaded or backlit.
    • Look for aesthetic backgrounds.
    • Look for natural bounces.
  • Gradient Filter Notes

    • Grad filters are more effective in wide shots, establishing shots, and landscape shots. They are not ideal for Close Ups.
  • Shooting Flat Notes

    • When parts of the camera's image are too bight, or over-exposed, the camera reads the image as if there's no information in those areas. Therefore, it is impossible to adjust the exposure while editing to make the image for pleasing. While shooting outside, there is much contrast in any camera's image. Shadows read as very dark and direct sunlight reads as very bright. To be able to get as much information out of an image as possible, it helps to go into the camera settings and decrease the contrast as much as possible that still leaves the image pleasing to the eye.

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