March 5th, 2017
Phil in South Carolina asks:
I have a question regarding the creation of interior videos. HOW can a video be recorded which allows proper exposure of the room AND the view through the windows? This has eluded me for years! What is so simple to do with a flash in still photography, seems impossible in video work. Do you just have to bite the bullet and bring in all sorts of studio lights or hire an assistant to carry diffuse portable lighting? I use a 3-axis gimbal, so camera-mounted lights are not really practical either.
I have used many different settings and found the best so far to be manual full HD at 1/125 at 60fps. I set the white balance in the mirrorless camera, as well as keep the ISO at 400. It’s okay, but then there are the cursed almost-blown-out windows.
It seems that even the PFRE Video Award winners have this problem a good part of the time, so I’m guessing there is no easy solution.
Yes, the lighting issues shooting real estate property video is a challenge. Here are some suggestions:
- Lighting: I’ve never heard of using artificial lighting for property video. As Phil point’s out it’s just too awkward and elaborate to set up for real estate work.
- Time of day: Fred Light has a nice little video that demonstrates how the time of day when you are shooting, makes a huge difference in the video quality. So avoid shooting property video midday when you know the light is going to be a problem.
- Settings: As far as settings, here is a short video that has some tips for setting up your camera when shooting video indoors.
- Editing: If you are shooting cinematic style video (sliders etc.) you can control the exposure for each video clip and edit together differently exposed clips. This doesn’t work as well for walk-through style video.
What other advice do interior video shooters have for Phil?