consistent rule in shooting with a video camera is that
we can deliver just about any look and sound you desire,
if you are willing to throw enough money at it. From a
practical point of view, the decision becomes one of
trade-offs: is the shot worth the time (and money!)
required to make it presentable and believable for the
final production? This applies to location selection.
Careful consideration to lighting and sound must
be made in order to produce professional quality results
when shooting with a video camera.
Who wouldn’t want a
beautiful bright window office in the shot? Well, in
production terms, bright windows may create severe
lighting challenges. Since daylight is generally
brighter than interior lighting and has a different
color temperature, it may tend to wash out or even alter
the skin tone of your subject. A quality lighting
professional and an expert make-up artist would be
invaluable in this situation!
Boy those lights are hot!
On a location shoot a simple thing like air conditioning
can wreak havoc with the audio portion of your program.
Other audio red flags include: telephones, clocks,
intercom systems, the neighbors, general office noise
and outside street or air traffic. Extensive sound
shaping through use of various microphones can minimize
such disturbances and enhance the sound, but it's much
simpler and therefore cheaper to begin with a pristine
audio environment to begin with.