Lighting is the basis for the visual aesthetics of every film. Too much light and you get an oversaturated appearance that is difficult to see clearly. There is not enough light, and you won’t be able to visualize the characters against the backdrop of the set. But, the right balance of light can create stunning visuals that captivate the audience. Understanding the effect of natural light in film can make a world of difference in your ability to render pristine shots using only the resources naturally available to you. In this article, I will show you the effect of advanced natural lighting in Hunt for the Wilderpeople.
What Is Natural Lighting In Film?
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Light is an important factor in changing the aesthetic of an image, and using natural light may make your shot appear much more lively than using artificial lighting. Natural illumination is light that happens naturally, such as the sun or the moon. Its principal function is to illuminate a scene using a light-sheet cloth – utilized to capture a one-of-a-kind composition.
Natural light is actually extraordinary in that it can be shaped and adjusted in ways that give your film a realistic, even raw, feel.
What Are The Benefits Of Shooting WIth Natural Light?
There are several advantages to shooting with purely natural light. Natural light contributes to the creation of a cinematic marvel that is also inherently lovely. It provides an aesthetic that studio lighting cannot reproduce-well, it can get close, but nothing beats natural light.
Here are a few important advantages of filming your next production in natural light.
There will be no $5000+ lighting gear, only natural light to fuel your video. Yes, there is scheduling, and you must plan carefully, but the sun is free, and it provides a warm, cinematic light source that may elevate your film from ordinary to extraordinary.
It is consistent, so you know when the sunshine will be accessible and can prepare accordingly to make the greatest use of natural light.
It’s impossible to deny that natural light in films makes them appear cinematic. Consider it a beautiful summer evening. The sky is clear and the sun is finally sinking, and it’s a dark amber color – the photo you can design with that as your backdrop is wild.
A sunset is something you should consider if you have a stunning view that has to be portrayed with grace and intensity. Natural light gives a variety of lighting configurations throughout the day, including our personal favorite, “The Magic Hour.” Soft, direct, and warm lighting may help you create an ambiance that your audience will like.
You can’t escape it, unless you’re in Iceland, where you may see very little – but for the most part, especially in the summer months, natural light is everywhere!
This implies that, as a filmmaker, you don’t have to restrict yourself to a costly studio; instead, go outside and experiment with shot compositions using just natural light. It will offer bright, airy lighting that will assist you in creating a spectacle of a scenario.
What Is the Difference Between Natural Light and Artificial Light?
Photographers have to contend with different light sources when shooting–natural or artificial. The sun is a free and powerful source of illumination, whereas electric lighting tools offer greater control but come at the cost of time and resources. As a result, consider the following:
Light that is available
A studio can offer reliable light during any hour of the day, allowing photographers to make even the gloomy days bright. With artificial illumination taking over for natural conditions, outdoor evening photography is now a possibility! No matter what time or weather comes our way, an illuminated backdrop will always be ready and waiting.
A wide range of settings
Artificial lighting can create beautiful and expressive portraits, while natural light brings a unique sparkle to entire vistas. Capturing the essence of these two sources of illumination is an art form in itself – something street photographers know only too well.
Controlling the illumination source
Photographers often face a difficult challenge when finding the right light source. Nature can be unpredictable, ruining carefully crafted plans with an overcast day or too much sun for outdoor shoots. Artificial lighting is far more reliable and has become increasingly popular among those who don’t have time to re-shoot if conditions are less than ideal.
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Effect Of Advanced Natural Lighting In Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Indoor Photos with Lighted Windows
If you’re filming indoors and the room has several windows, restrict the angle of your shots so that the camera doesn’t face the window. The characters may get overexposed as the sun beams through the camera lens. This does not, however, stop you from using Windows.
Standard reflector kits can be used to direct light from a window to the area where it is most needed. If you can’t direct the light to where you need it, consider moving the rest of the set’s parts to make the light work for you. While this may need a few last-minute tweaks, it might be the difference between a flawless production and one that falls short.
The golden hour is when the sun is just about to set. The hour or two before sunset is ideal for filmmakers because it gives a gorgeous aesthetic that is readily captured on camera.
The same is true during the period immediately following the sun’s disappearance beyond the horizon. The blue hour is the polar opposite of the golden hour since the sky is still light but the sun is no longer a bother for film production.
Light that has been naturally filtered and diffused
You can’t always film indoors or one hour before sunset. Consider the numerous ways that light is naturally filtered and diffused to your benefit when filming in the middle of the day or at any time of day. Clouds are an ever-changing natural diffuser.
Filming in the clouds will cast shadows across the landscape. Use the shadows as you see fit to create visual effects that would ordinarily require elaborate lighting settings.
Consider how plants or structures may be used to diffuse the present sunlight. Rather than risking overexposure, employ these aspects to create contrasting footage that highlights the genuine beauty of the place where the film is being filmed.
Understanding the influence of natural light in cinema and how to employ naturally filtered or diffused light to your advantage is both a professional skill set and a possibly cost-saving endeavor that might make your movie seem more sophisticated.
Flags and reflectors
Natural light may be reflected wherever it is required. Even if you don’t have pricey reflectors, you can create one out of an umbrella or cheap foam core boards with mirror backings.
A reflector may lend modest light to your ability on a dimly lit day. Similarly, if the sun is shining strongly, a flag can produce a negative fill to contrast the talent’s face and prevent overexposure or a washed-out image.
Sunlight in Background
Allow sunshine to serve as the backdrop for your production. If it’s sunny outdoors, or even if it’s somewhat cloudy, situating actors such that the sun casts a shadow behind them creates a naturally backlit setting that neatly rims around your talent’s head without shining in their eyes or directly on their face.
Tips On Shooting With Advanced Natural Lighting In Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Tools to Increase Natural Light
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- TOP QUALITY! SUPERIOR SPECS: This digital ear amplification device has an on/off button and volume control which means that you'll have total user control. It runs on LR754 power-friendly batteries, can be used without a hearing aid, comes in black and include 2 high quality BTE amplifiers, which means that you’ll be able to hear everything you need to!
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- Powerful amplification up to 50 DB with adjustable volume
- Fits right or left ear
- Perfect for watching TV, theater and nature walks also includes 3 silicon ear tips and 1 button cell battery
- Powerful hearing enhancement amplifier with 120dB sensitivity helps you hear
- Built-in microphone amplifies weak sounds and voices
- Adjustable volume control allows clear and loud hearing using the dual earphone
- Picks up sound at a distance up to 100 feet away
- Includes 2 AAA batteries and dual earphone
- REDUCE BACKGROUND NOISE & NO FEEDBACK WITH 2 HEARING MODES: - Neckband hearing aids use upgraded chips to enhance human voice and reduce background noise. No whistling sound thanks to the special earbud design. Indoor mode: suitable for watching TV, communicating face to face, listening to music, etc. Outdoor Mode: Suitable for hiking, traveling, running, etc.
- RECHARGEABLE AMPLIFIER - Hearing aids are rechargeable, which means you don't need to buy and replace batteries. One charge can be used for 80H, no need to charge it frequently.
- COMFORTABLE NECKBAND DESIGN - The neckband style effectively relieves the burden on your ears and provides a comfortable wearing experience. IPX4 waterproof and ultra-light shell design, suitable for long-term wear, whether in outdoor activities or at home, our hearing aids will be sound tools you can rely on.
- ONE-BUTTON POWER-ON & MULTIPLE ACCESSORIES - Put the hearing aid in the correct position of the ear before powering on, then press and hold the button for 3 seconds to power on. After power on, short press the button to adjust the volume. You can choose a total of 5 volume levels. Hearing aids come with 3 different sizes of ear tips. Choose the earplugs that suit you.
- SUITABLE FOR MILD & MODERATE SOUND LOSS - suitable for people with air conduction hearing loss of around 30-50 dB. Perfect for listening to music, talking, and watching TV. Note: Designed for mild or moderate hearing aids, not for severe or profound.
A cinematographer friend once taught me that having an intriguing setting is crucial for any film shoot—even the most exquisite lighting techniques won’t be able to redeem a boring location. When it comes to natural light, three components should always be assessed: exposure levels, depth of field and quality of illumination. With such considerations in mind, one can truly craft captivating visuals even with minimal equipment.
When scouting locations, it’s important to consider the level of light you’ll be working with. Bringing a light meter or DSLR is essential for capturing stunning night interiors; thankfully, technological advances are making low-light photography much easier.
Second, does light give space depth? Available light is frequently flat and unattractive. You want to discover an area that is visibly divided by light and shade. At the absolute least, study the light sources in the room and consider how you may shape them using modifiers to create depth in your frame.
Third, are the sources rigid or pliable? Is the color quality good? Windows are often soft, although practical home lights are frequently harsh. Fluorescent lighting can be beneficial since it provides soft, uniform illumination over a greater area, but its color is often poor and can muddy skin tones.
To bring your script to life, pay close attention to the details of what’s available for filming. If you’re faced with an environment that provides harsh and direct lighting, but your screenplay requires something soft and subtle – don’t despair! With a bit of problem-solving, it may be possible to work around this issue by changing up the setting or finding ways to soften the light intensity.
When taking pictures outdoors, the “golden” hours of sunrise and sunset provide a softer light that is infinitely more pleasing than what you will find at noon. However, if shooting indoors using window light as your source of illumination, mid-day can be preferable since it brings with it brighter natural lighting, which lends itself to better exposure.
To get the best quality footage for outdoor shoots, it takes more than just grabbing a camera and walking outside – careful planning is necessary! Seizing the potential of natural light means coordinating your shoot days to coincide with optimal lighting conditions across multiple avenues. The efforts may take time but are sure to pay off in stunning visuals.
When shooting a long scene in the Glow of Dusk, filmmakers must be mindful that even subtle changes in light could make editing between takes difficult. But with extra care and attention to lighting details, capturing such an atmospheric moment can result in stunning visuals!
When the rain comes pouring down, be sure you’re prepared to shoot safely with your camera. But don’t forget – wind can pose even more of a challenge than precipitation! Most cameras come equipped with protective items like waterproof housings and jackets, but it’s important to have an undercover area for changing lenses or drying any wet equipment too. C-stands are invaluable on set but caution must still be taken as strong gusts that strike at just the right angle could cause them topple over dangerously. Ensure all necessary safety precautions are in place so photographing in our unpredictable weather remains fun and safe!
Secure your set with ease and efficiency by enlisting a helpful crew member to provide the weighty solution of “man-bagging”. It’s an invaluable tactic in windy conditions, allowing stands to stay firmly planted while saving valuable time that would otherwise be spent on lugging 200 lbs. of sandbags! Plus, if the weather takes a turn for the worse mid-shoot, you’ll have eyes alert and ready to give warning at any sign of danger.
Use LED Fixtures
Illuminate your shot with ease! LED technology has made it so that you can now get creative and add light to any scene, no matter the space or location. By combining a few battery-powered LEDs into cleverly rigged lamps, powerful panel lights are within reach without having to install anything permanent or cumbersome.
With a little planning and preparation, you can harness the power of natural light to create awe-inspiring cinematic shots. From artful portraits to stirring landscapes, stunning images come alive without ever relying on artificial lights.
To capture the most stunning video possible, plan your shoot around the quality of light at each location. If need be, you can use small modifiers or LED lights to enhance certain shots and achieve a beautiful result without all of that bulky equipment.
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- 【Timing Setting】The Led strip will turn on/off automatically at the setting time, repeat this seting on date you set.
- 【Widely use】The led strip lights 100FT is long enough, perfect for decorating your bedroom, kitchen, ceiling, living room . Widely used on holidays and party (such as christmas, halloween,birthday,wedding .etc )
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- Smart Dual Control: The LED strip lights support IR remote and Bluetooth APP control(download from the manual). You can freely set the brightness,color,mode and timing function,light up your life at any time
- Widely Used Cutable Light Strip: The 50ft(15m) RGB LED strip lights can be DIY cutting,suitable as a home decoration light for Christmas,Halloween.It need to be used with connectors after cutting. (Product does not contain connectors)
- Quality Assurance: The RGB lights adopts high-quality 5050 RGB beads,which are more energy-saving and durable. Equipped with high-quality 24V adapter, more safety and security. We offer 6 months exchange, please note it is not waterproof
- 【Dual Control Options】You can choose colors and lighting modes (like Flash, Jump, Fade,etc), adjust the brightness and shining speed, DIY your unique colors with IR remote and APP control (by bluetooth) to fit the atmosphere for your home. The led strip lights for bedroom also allows you preset time to turn on or off it at certain times to enjoy smart home life.
- 【Sync with Music】Built-in sensitive microphone, the led light strips can change colors and speed by detecting the rhythm of the surrounding sound and music. This ambience lights let you keep up with the rhythm dancing and enjoying the dynamic party atmosphere.
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- 【Great for Decorations】The led lights for bedroom 100 ft is a suitable house ornament, especially for festival needs.You can use it for the decoration of bedroom, living room, hotel, club, bar, classroom, party, wedding, etc. It’s also great as a birthday gift and Christmas gift.
- 【Easy Installation】With strong adhesive, the led lights for room can be firmly stick on a dry and flat surface and bend or shape freely. Please test the led light strip before installation and install it carefully. If you have any questions during use, please contact us.
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- Lights that Sync with Music: The LED strip lights has a music mode,built-in microphone,which can change color, rhythm with the music.It's so much fun! Let's dance with the music,enjoy the party
- Bluetooth LED Lights with IR Remote Control: The LED strip support IR remote & smart APP control,APP has many functions,you can freely set the color,brightness,mode and timing function.Design your lighting as you like
- Widely Used Cuttable LED Light Strip:The 65ft(20m) RGB led strip lights is the perfect home decor.Suitable for party,birthday,prom,wedding,Christmas,Easter,Halloween, Independence Day,Mardi Gras,Thanksgiving,New Year,etc.Note that connectors are required after cutting.(product does not contain connectors)
- Superior Quality & Easy to Install: The luces led equipped with high-quality 24V adapter,which is more energy-saving and environmentally friendly, safe and secure.It is not waterproof,use it indoors. We offer free exchange within 3 months
- 100ft Extra Long Lighting: These LED strip lights are long enough to decorate and colorize larger areas giving you more coverage and more design options. Suitable for bedrooms, kitchens, stairs, dining rooms, ceilings, and home decorations.
- Featured App Control: The Govee Home app allows extensive customization and management of the LED strip lights within a 100ft/30m Bluetooth connection range, including music modes, scene modes, timers, and more, suitable for home decor.
- Light Up Your Music: The built-in, high-sensitivity mic allows you to sync the RGB LED Strip lights to your favorite music. Choose from Dynamic mode for strong rhythms or Calm mode for more relaxed get-togethers.
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- LED: Integrated LED fixture, Slanted/ Sloped Ceiling Compatible
- DESIGN: Ultra-low-profile design with easily adjustable suspension
- LIGHT DIRECTION: Down
- ADJUSTABLE: Cable locking pins allow the suspension height to be easily changed post-install
- DIMMABLE: Dimmable LED (15% - 100%) with ELV - Electric Low Voltage Dimmers (Dimmer is not included with the fixture); ONLY compatible with ELV dimmers. Wi-Fi, Smart, and Universal dimmers are NOT compatible
Mirrors, Bounce, and Diffusion
We don’t have any control since we can’t control the position of the sun. To better harness, the sun’s power, a range of technologies are available to shape, bounce, and reflect it.
Mirror boards can reflect sunlight to where it is needed. You may also use many mirrors to bounce light throughout the room, coloring them with more warmth or gel. Separate your topic from the background even further.
Crafting an illuminating source for a large group of people calls for more than just the right equipment. A 12×12 bounce requires three grips and several supports, but it’s not impossible with help from two assistants. If you don’t have heavy-duty hardware or crew to spare, then consider using a 6×6 – your smaller team can bring light into any situation.
Make use of practicals
While bright sunshine can often be the perfect source of illumination for exterior shots, what about those alluring night scenes? Practicals should become your go-to when it comes to creating an atmosphere after dark. A bulb strategically placed near a performer – or any other subject within the frame – will provide enough lighting to give off an irresistible glow that’ll keep viewers enthralled from start to finish.
Contrasting the warm and inviting atmosphere of a house with the chill night air outside, you can use cars headlights to beam light through windows for those outdoor scenes. When filming indoors, dimmer switches provide flexibility when adjusting lights; this simple device makes it possible to achieve just that right mood in no time.
Preparation is essential
To make your natural light shot a success, you need to think strategically. Get there early and observe the angle of sunlight throughout different times of day—you may even find that shadows from nearby structures can enhance the quality of your visuals! Then memorize sunrise/sunset timings so when it comes down to shooting time, you’re good-to-go in no time.
Before shooting, it’s essential to make sure that everyone is ready and prepared. A few minutes of preparation can really take your photos up a notch during Magic Hour – an amazing opportunity for beautiful light! Show up on time or even early, get the crew set-up, ensure performers know their lines; then let yourself create something magical with all this preparation behind you.
Have a solid art section
On a low-budget picture, this might be a single person, but make sure someone can play this role. It may be as easy as rearranging some furniture to guarantee that the spill of light from the windows strikes the subjects in certain circumstances. It may become more complicated for larger projects when you may need to develop extra windows or rooms within your venue to deal with the angle of the sunlight.
This really does go hand in hand with choosing the right locations because if you choose the perfect location, the art department may not have to work as hard to ensure you still get the light that you need, or if you’re stuck with a location that just isn’t working, they may be able to save the day.
The essential thing to remember when employing natural light in films is to be adaptable. Natural light is erratic. There might be several hours of bright sunlight followed by days of rain.
The weather might vary quickly depending on where you are filming. Make sure you’re ready to use natural light to your advantage when filming, but also have a backup plan in case natural light doesn’t work out. Nothing is more frustrating than being unprepared for a shoot.
We hope that helps you understand the effect of advanced natural lighting in Hunt for the Wilderpeople and the techniques you may employ to make natural light work for you.