The Mobile Storyteller. Part 1: Light!

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Mobile devices like smart phones and  smart tablets are now capable of producing pro-like productions due to the high end camera attached to the device and the the plethora of tools you can add to it to help get the best story with the best quality, however, the tools alone won’t be enough.  You still need to adhere to the basic rules, commandments of capturing and recording GREAT video and audio.  Here are those rules. Get ready to write this down:

1. Light!  Find great light!
2. Sound! Do everything possible to get the best sound you can!
3. Composition! Frame what you want others to focus on!
4. Light!  Find great light!
5. Sound! Do everything possible to get the best sound you can!
6. Composition! Frame what you want others to focus on!
7. Light!  Find great light!
8. Sound! Do everything possible to get the best sound you can!
9. Composition! Frame what you want others to focus on!
10. Light! Sound! Composition!

Get the idea?  Its key you just focus on the first three!  Lets break it down a bit more for this guide!  For this post, We’ll focus on light!!!!!

1. Light!  Find great light!
Take the time to find the best light.  Best light isn’t direct sun. Diffused light is MORE ideal for video and interviewing people because the light is more even.  There is less contrast when its cloudy or you’re in the shade.  Take the time and look at the difference below.

Difusse
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NOTE: Look at the shadows on the face between these two images)

Take the time to find the good light. Study how the light interacts with your environment.  Again, shooting in a sunny, no shade space can hurt your video or photograph because the camera is constantly looking for the brightest image to auto expose itself– thus, making everything else darker in the image

[contrast image comparison]

For interviewing people, find the great and even light, place them there and you’re ready to go!

TIP: If you’re struggling to find even light, a cool tip is to difusser the light with a diffuser ring or even a white bedsheet.  Just have someone or two people hold it over the interviewee to create a balanced, diffused light situation.

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(NOTE: The direct sun is being diffused like a cloud would.  This is why it’s better to have a cloudy day for photographing and capturing video.)

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