What's up Filmmakers! So we all should know that filming outside in bright sunlight is usually a pain. In fact, the worst time to film is when the sun is high up in the sky (like at noon). Not only is it freakin' hot, but there's so much light reflecting everywhere that you'll run into a lot of exposure issues.
When filming in bright sunlight, the contrast between dark and light objects is increased and it becomes hard to keep all areas of the frame in correct exposure. When you watch professional videos, you'll notice that the exposure usually is more or less correct in all areas of the frame; that's because these scenes are controlled with lights, reflectors, flags/scrims etc.
Because there is so much scattered light on a bright sunny day, it becomes nearly impossible to control in a wide shot. This results in sub par footage, no matter what fancy camera you're using.
Thanks to Circular Polarizing Filters, you can tone down those harsh reflections to get a better image and richer colors. You screw the filter in from of your lens, and turn it to adjust the amount of light that gets cut off. Unlike ND filters that darken the whole image, CPL filters target specific areas of light.
The "film look" can be described as many different things. Some say the film look is when your footage looks like it was shot on actual film rather than a digital camera. While that can be part of it, that's not the definition that I adopt.
To me and most of the general public, the "film look" or "movie look" simply refers to a video looking professional--like movies look. You see, viewers usually don't care if your footage has film grain because they're not trained for that sort of things. To them, there are either professional looking videos that look like movies and TV shows, or amateur videos that look like something their mom could film with her digital camera.
In this post I will teach you some basic tips on what to consider to get your videos looking more professional.
Welcome to the first ever post of our Film Tips series. To kick things off, I (Rodolphe) will start with this basic tutorial covering the Rule of Thirds. I do plan on making more advanced video tutorials in the near future, not just articles, but for right now let's start things simple. The Rule of Thirds is one of the key guidelines to framing beautiful and interesting shots, so let's learn all about it!