I remember when I first opened my brand new Sony A7iii. With so many customization options, it has so much to offer that sometimes it can be a little overwhelming. When I was first getting started as a videographer I learned some hard lessons. One of the harder aspects of shooting video is when what you’re recording isn’t in a controlled environment, such as outdoors.
I want to share with you two things that I learned that drastically improved not only the look but the overall quality of my videos when shooting outside.
Understand that ISO is only part of it
I’ve consulted countless articles and videos and opinions varied. Some said to keep ISO on a certain setting and others said to keep on auto. I say, it depends on what you’re shooting outdoors.
Interview? Certain setting. A situation when you’re moving? Keep it on auto.
It’s more important that you find the right shutter speed and aperture setting, then leaving those alone for the most part. I say for the most part because only in some situations would those need to be adjusted mid-shoot.
Understanding how white balance affects what you shoot.
You’ll hear many different opinions on this subject. In my experience, leaving the white balance on the auto setting is not a good idea.
What’s even more noticeable than a sudden ISO change mid-shoot is a white balance change. Cameras such as the Sony A7iii have great default options to choose from, as well as some different picture profiles — but I’ll leave that for another article.
Learning how to use a new camera, or video production in general, can seem overwhelming.
The most important thing to keep in mind with these two suggestions is to just get out there and make some videos. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but hopefully, this article will help you to avoid these mistakes and skip straight to making amazing looking content.