How to Prepare & Conduct a Video Interview : Outdoor Lighting for a Video Interview

How to Prepare & Conduct a Video Interview : Outdoor Lighting for a Video Interview


My name is Owen Roth, and in this video clip
I’ll be talking about how to light an outdoor location for a video interview. So, when you’re
outdoors, and getting ready to light, you’re going to have to know where the sun is. And
this will probably dictate where you place your Interviewee. Obviously, I’m placing mine
right here in this chair and you’re going to want to use the sun as the Rim lighting.
So you’re going to want to place it behind, and obviously it’s going to be above. But,
behind your Interviewee. So, it’s going to fill the back, the top of the head and the
shoulders and then you’re going to want to use Reflectors to bounce the light, to fill
in the harsh shadows that it could create. On a clear day like this, the sun is just
coming down and it’s creating this, what would be a deep shadow on the opposite side of my
face. So I’ve taken these Reflector Boards, and these are just foam core boards attached
to light stands, as you can see, and you can buy actual Reflectors, but foam core boards
work just fine. And you position those on the opposite side, so when I sit down, in
the chair of the Interviewee, the sun is lighting my back, the Rim lighting, and I’m using this
foam core board as a Key light. And the sun reflects off it and fills the other side of
my face. So you get a nice relatively even lighting, and then I’ve got another board
right here, which kind of fills in the other side. Now if you have a cloudy day, then the
sun’s going to be diffused, and you might not need to use your Reflectors because you
might just get a nice, soft look. And the clouds are doing the diffusing for you. So,
you want to keep in mind, what the weather’s going to be like ahead of schedule, so you
can dictate what you need to bring. I would bring Reflectors anyways, just in case. But
you’re really at the mercy of the weather, and you have to work with it. But, it is possible
to create good lighting in any type of weather.

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