How to Film in the Sun

As the Cov-19 epidemic gets better control, many people would like to going out, preferring shooting with natural lights, because it is the way that they really see the things, they think.

Some people claims that filming outdoors with natural light is simple, but it is not true. Indeed, you don’t have to think about setting up all the lighting, but shooting with sunlight still has many things to consider. Below there are some tips on making a film easier and better in the sun.


TIPS 1: Care for Safety & Comfort

Before going outdoors and taking great shots, it is better to get ready. Make a specific plan about where to shoot and what to shoot, drafting some photography/videography factors such as composition and story line in advance. This saves you much more time and energy.

Meanwhile, in the strong sunlight, you need to stay hydrated, keep cool and make sure your equipment won’t get overheated.


TIPS 2: Shade the Monitor

Visibility is one of the issue you need to consider. In harsh sunlight, you may difficultly view and set your shots. For example, due to more abundant details provided by DSLR cameras, you intend to have the focus precisely.

In any case, relying on natural objects to provide shade, using a remote monitor or shading with your towel, it could provide some shade so you can view and operate your camera optimally.


TIPS 3: Make Use of Reflection 

Standing under the direct sunlight may leave lights and shadows on the unwanted positions. You can use reflectors or foam board to avoid overexposure and get the most cinematic look.

It’s remembered to keep the reflector above the subject’s eye line and reflect from the opposite of the subject light, in this way you could create beautiful highlights and shadows.


TIPS 4: Note the Light Changes

Sunlight keeps changing at different times of day, sometimes bright and harsh, sometimes soft and colorful. You may easily miss golden time of shooting. Using filters or diffuser could reduce light and bring out better of image color and contrast.

Sensitively taking advantage of the suitable sunlight and the shadows it casts will be helpful to create dynamic compositions.


Here are some hands-on review


DESVIEW R6 Filed Monitor

This monitor has most of monitoring features as other monitors, but to my surprise, it boasts 2800nits ultra high brightness. Generally speaking, 6 inches monitor with 1200nits is enough for indoor filming or even with indirect sunlight. The higher brightness is a better option if you want to take shots in the direct sunlight outdoors. Besides, it goes with cooling system that gives a good solution to the overheat problem even in summer!

NEEWER 5 IN 1 Lighting Reflector

This reflector includes 5 different color covers that I could use them under circumstances. For example, when I need to create some shadows for the objects, I would use the black one which could subtract the light. The silver one is reflective and brighten both shadows and highlights but does not change the color of the available light, that’s exactly what I want.


Altura Photo Filter Kit

Not spending too much time on ordering and receiving, I always take a kit into considerations. The Altura Photo filter kit includeing UV filter, CPL and ND4 filter greatly caters to my needs. The filter could remove unwanted glare and reflections and control the exposure and depth of filed in bright light.