I am thankful to bring you our video night shoot for the Thursday hop with Brian. Why finally, and why thankful?
Well, the movie was shot in October 2018 which is Spring here in new Zealand and it’s now February 2019, high Summer with the cicadas singing like mad things outside.
Our Video Event
The popular exhibit High Light took place at Riddiford Gardens in Lower Hutt. It was a show with a difference.
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At High Light, the sculptures are all meant to light up, shimmer or glow in different ways. Recording this is a challenge for a smartphone movie maker. I have not shot at night before to this was a gamble and an adventure.
The usual rules about a video maker having enough light don’t apply. Night photography and video after dark need a new approach and different expectations.
Smartphone Movie Challenge
Check out the movie to see if you think I have captured the atmosphere.
Video Night Shoot Tips
I learned a few lessons while shooting a smartphone movie in the dark and I will share them here:
- People can’t be seen in the dark. Taking static flash pictures works, or shooting with a DSLR and adjusting your settings, but for a movie, people don’t come out well unless they are brightly lit from another source (or you use a smartphone lighting rig).
- Open air events can be noisy. At the editing stage, you might want to reduce the volume for 90% of the time. Watch out for Fugu the amazing fish sculpture and the noisy cranking sounds.
- You may not pick up a lot of detail. If you can spend time with a portable tripod you will get sharper video as you shoot with more stability. I was strolling around most of the time experimenting on my first night shoot.
- Your smartphone film will capture the atmosphere and the spirit of an event. This was an experiment and I was prepared to return home with almost nothing but captured some great visuals and a festive vibe.