Real Estate Shoot | BTS Part 1: Proposal, Pre-Production & Location Review | Page 3

Real Estate Shoot | BTS Part 1: Proposal, Pre-Production & Location Review | Page 3

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Location Review Notes

Below are my location review notes. For both location reviews, I brought my Lumix LX100 to shoot some sample video and stills. I made sure to use the following settings: ISO400, 1/50th, f2.8 – as that is most commonly what I like to shoot at with my main camera, the FS100.

“Primary photography for the interviews will take place in the west facing living room. Exterior ND gel will be used to balance exposure between interior and exterior. Interview subject will be framed with two cameras, one shooting UHD 3840×2160, the other FHD 1920×1080. This will allow for up to three different angles to be used for all interview shots.

Both the kitchen and dining area offer additional upstairs setups, and can be used as areas to introduce the different realtors in unique locations. Introductions will consist of a dolly push-in and title lower third.

Lighting will be traditional beauty with a large, soft diffused key light. Importance will be placed on achieving a bright and engaging look for the interviews, using shallow depth of field to isolate the subject from the background.

Downstairs setup will require boosted ambient by 3 stops, and focused lighting on the display examples.

Location was very quiet, and possessed good sound qualities. Did notice multiple construction vehicles nearby, could become an issue.”

Below are some of the location photos which were taken in order to gain exposure readings and determine composition. it is very important that you shoot sample photos and video at your locations in order to determine accurate expectations on what lighting equipment you’ll need and what challenges you’ll face. For the photos below, I was looking at the lighting ratio between the indoors and outdoors, which was naturally quite high at around 5 stops difference.

For the second location, I also took a series of photos at my expected exposure settings to gain insight into what the exposure and color balance will look like.

Once you’ve viewed the locations, you will start to begin your lighting design. I try to mimic natural light whenever possible, and for this type of shoot, I wanted a bright, high-key style, without dramatic shadows or dark fill. I knew I would want to use a large, diffused, soft light for my key light, and a bounced fill. I also gave attention to provide edge and rim lighting whenever possible, to allow the subjects to be separated from their background. Based on these needs, I determined that the lights I owned would be sufficient for lighting the video.

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You can read Part 2 HERE, where we dive into the shooting dates and review the production process.