How to Film Cinematic Video Outdoors – Cinematography Tutorial

How to Film Cinematic Video Outdoors – Cinematography Tutorial

Are you curious on how you can shoot better video outdoors with natural light, without having to purchase expensive gear? In this cinematography tutorial, I will show how I shoot my outdoor scenes using only natural light. This tutorial breaks down my thought process and how I direct and use the tools I have to craft a cinematic image.

Donโ€™t be obsessed with filmmaking gear. Itโ€™s all about how you use what you have. Shooting cinematic video has never been easier than before. Focus on the positioning of your subject and understand where your light sources are at.

Using the sun as a great natural light source will allow you to create a variety of moods. If you shoot in the shade, you will have a lot of control over the contrast and your subject will retain great detail. Shooting near the sun will allow you to use it as a silhouette. During twilight, expose for the greatest amount of detail in the frame.

Shooting cinematic video outdoors has never been easier before. Remember that exposure, positioning, and knowing where the light is at, will all help you to producing a beautiful cinematic image!

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  1. Grace B on December 4, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Wow. You have too many tutorials in your channel (this is the latest one I discovered). I’ve had Ae for 2 years but never ever eveen touched it. Your channel will surely be a great help. Good tutorials. check. Another subscriber. check.

  2. DarthZox Gaming on December 4, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    How to Film Cinematic Video Outdoors: shoot at golden hour

  3. Ishan Sen on December 4, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Hey I am looking to make a slideshow with photos and videos in AE. It’s part of a longer trailer, and my theme is fire. I have been trying a lot of things, but just can’t seem to land the perfect ‘fiery’ slideshow. Can you make a tutorial for such a slideshow, please?

  4. Monte4Christo on December 4, 2019 at 6:04 pm

    Nice ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  5. Reticent on December 4, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    What would I do if I’m filming a wedding and it’s mid day really harsh sunlight and no shade. I had this situation recently and I had to just bump up my aperture so I was shooting at f14 bc I didn’t want my shutterspeed to effect the video, was that the best solution?

  6. RoyTecTips on December 4, 2019 at 6:13 pm

    good job

  7. ifeanyi maduka on December 4, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Very nice. But what camera(s) did you use?

  8. HakeZ on December 4, 2019 at 6:19 pm


  9. Lijah on December 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    Nice bro

  10. REDA SABIR on December 4, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    any small film makers out there who want to support each other?

  11. kowaletzki on December 4, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    He finally admits his CoD past.

  12. VSCRL on December 4, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    We knew he was a gamer!

  13. Robert Humphries on December 4, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    great vid, but in the scene from 0:23 the sunlight would clip in most cameras unless you lowered the exposure making the talent underexposed.

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