How to Find an Outdoor Location for a Video

Many YouTubers create makeshift video studios in their house. Sometimes, though, it’s a good idea to change up the location of your videos. Grab a friend or a tripod and get searching outside for a cool spot to film in.

Here are some tips to finding a good outside location for a video.

1. Look for a shady area.

If you’re standing directly in the sun, it will appear too bright, and you will be prone to squinting. Find a spot in the shade that is right next to a lighted area, such as beside a building where the sun is hitting the ground a few feet away.

The light bounces off the ground and creates an even layer on the subject, whereas standing directly in the sun looks harsh.

2. Shoot during the prime times.

The sunlight during the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset creates the perfect glow for photography and videography. When the sun is low in the sky, the light is softer and more flattering.

Try standing directly in front of the low sun. The backlight of the soft rays of the sun will create a glow around you. which makes for a lovely shot.

3. Find a workable background.

There is no general rule for a finding a good background other than to be unique. Try not to look too hard, as many of the best backgrounds are ones that you would never expect. The best places to look are industrial areas with structures made of different materials such as brick, distressed wood, or iron gates. You can even use nature such as flowers, trees or rolling hills as a background.

Just make sure that there is no movement in the background such as people walking, birds flying, or wind blowing the plants. Movement is distracting to the viewer.

4. Eliminate noisy places.

It is important to make sure that your viewers can hear what you are saying in your videos. Be sure to choose a place that is away from traffic, populated areas, and construction.

Try not to shoot on a windy day if you don’t have a wind protector for your microphone. The wind will drown out your voice and be distracting to the viewer. If you can’t afford a wind protector for your microphone, try placing a sock over it. This won’t eliminate all of the noise from the wind, but it will make a noticeable difference.

It’s a great idea to explore ways to make videos interesting and different. Getting outside to shoot videos has a lot of benefits and can help to make your videos more appealing to the eye.

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Corinne Rivera appreciates every type of music, which stems from her experience in dance and playing the guitar and the flute. She currently resides in San Francisco where she studies electronic communications, explores the city’s art, and attends concerts of all genres.

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