Cameras are made for Summer - Part 2
How to handle an outdoors shooting.
In the previous blog post we reviewed how to plan the location, to have placed the closest points of interest for the team and how to manage the resources that we have. After explaining how to have everything ready for your shooting outdoors, it's time to take things into action. When we are outside we can expect there are going to be problems, and the best we can do is reduce them and avoid them.
The first enemy that we will have once we are outside the street, especially in summer, is the sun. On the one hand, the sun is relentless and people do not like to spend 8 or 10 hours managing cameras under full sun. You need to have shaded areas so that the team can rest and drink fresh water. But if for some reason we cannot have shade areas and the budget to install tents is too high, you can always install a c-stand with a beach umbrella. It is practical, quick to install and easy to move as needed. On the other hand, the sun is a clock running. Especially the director of photography will not be happy if we do not get the shots wanted when the sun is at the optimum angle. The best we can recommend is to know at all times what position the sun will be, using apps such as SunSurveyor or SunSeeker. This way we can always know where we will have shade areas and the light direction. Another important thing to keep in mind is that the sun is the best point of light and the cheapest available. It is advisable to avoid using more lights than necessary, since permits to use lights outdoors are hard to get and not cheap. The best would be to take advantage of the light that the sun itself gives us and rent several reflectors and porex to bounce the light. Another indispensable that we will need under the sun are ND filters (especially if we do not want to lose aperture), whether they are threaded or square. But outdoors the sun is not the only one that can give problems. Always be cautious if it rains (we need umbrellas, plastic to cover the equipment, camera rain protectors...) or in case of wind (sandbags and ropes). We must ensure that the rented equipment and ours is always safe, whether shine or rains.
When we shoot outdoors we have to keep in mind too that the team has needs that we can often only meet indoors. Everybody needs to go to the toilet from time to time, and it's more than usual for people to ask for a place to charge their cell phones or batteries. If we do not have portable solutions to these two problems (portable toilets and generators, respectively), we need a quick and effective solution. Many times the solution to these two problems is to have located a nearby bar or restaurant with which we have previously spoken and have an agreement that benefits both parties. A restaurant will be happy to let your team use toilets and electrical outlets to charge batteries provided they are responsible for feeding all the team. But do not abuse the good people’s confidence. You have to talk to the owners with time and always honestly and cordially.
Now it is time, you already know everything you need when working outdoors. We can now take the cameras, the backpacks and venture to work this summer. We hope that all these tips will be useful for your outdoor shooting and that you will take advantage of our 50% off for a whole week that in Aclam we are offering from August 13 to 19.