Indoor videography can be challenging. Standing above the rest of the crowd with your video camera is difficult because of the lighting. It’s rare that you’ll find yourself in a professionally well-lit area that allows for stellar video to be captured. In order to record events that are inside with efficiency, you have to take special care for your light needs. It could be a wedding, graduation or some kind of holiday gathering. Whatever it may be, here are some tips so you can get the best video possible.
Many major venues allow for videos to be taken without an issue. So if you’re in a major sporting venue, you’ll find that the venue will be pretty well lit. This isn’t the case for smaller areas. One of the first things you can do is make sure your camera has good low light performance specifications. Your camera should be able to up the ISO volumes so that you can better capture what’s going on around you.
Cameras that come with larger sensors and newer designs are going to perform much better than a camera with an old sensor. You’ll want to be prepared to have all the extras necessary to film the best video. Some of these extra accessories will include, additional lenses, storage capabilities and additional batteries for camcorders.
Point and shoot cameras are some of the most difficult cameras to use inside for an event. If you happen to own a camera like this, make sure the low light setting allows you to take RAW pictures and videos. This will allow you to separate the light reduction later on with video editing.
To Flash or Not to Flash?
There are going to be times that flash should just not be used. A lot of amateur people on either their phones or cameras use flash. All they are doing is losing their battery and confusing the camera shot. Make sure to turn off the flash in indoor venues.
There are times that flash will be helpful in a lit up area for example. The bouncing light from the top of the ceiling could allow for a bright colour to fill the room and subsequently the video.
The changing of your lenses will help as well. Heavier and longer lenses will allow for a better focus and wider frame. Even though it means you’ll be lugging around a larger bag and bigger camcorder, it is worth it for the shots and video it can turn out.
Additional Technical Concerns
Since you’re taking videos and not pictures, audio is another important aspect. High fidelity sound is essential so you don’t shoot a silent film on your camera. Remote microphones will be able to pick up sound and not glitch out. They are affordable and help to record the sound that’s going around during the special event.
Make sure to back up your audio as there are going to be sounds coming from everywhere with a large indoor gathering. Check out additional setups that will save various versions of audio. There could be people talking, music going on and just the general ambiance of action.
There is something called LUX. It is a measurement for the camera sensitivity. Video cameras with lower LUX ratings will produce a better video in low light areas. The best course of action is making sure your current or new camera comes with low LUX ratings. The quality will be much better in the end.
Taking the Video
Always keep a steady hand and let the action unfold in front of you. Try not to mess about with the zoom and instead let what’s going on speak for itself. Jerky movements should be avoided and keep panning to the minimum unless what’s happening calls for it.
In order to shoot a video that looks good and professional, you should know to capture what’s interesting and will be looked upon later. Try to integrate yourself into the event like an objective watcher. You don’t want to narrate unless it’s necessary and adds to the video experience.
Focus on capturing the event’s entire essence. It is important to keep the video true to what happened and what is going on. Once the event is over is when even more work happens. Actually creating and editing the video in your own computer studio will finish it off for the completed product.
John Stowe is an amateur photographer based in Leeds UK. He got the digital photography bug back in the early 2000’s and has since had many different models of cameras. He loves to share his ideas and thoughts online for others to read.