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Capturing Views and Dealing with Window Light

Boston Video Production Services

This past week, Skillman Video Group was asked to create a corporate training video for Coverys, an insurance company specializing in medical malpractice insurance. We knew that we wanted to use the expansive views of downtown Boston from their conference room on the 14th floor of the financial building. As an experienced Boston video production team, we knew that shooting with window light, especially when a subject is facing away from the window, would require Boston video production, Downtown boston, corporate video shootsome extensive light manipulation. For the shots, we used multiple lights, c-stands, and adjustments in order to create well-lit scenes.

Corporate Training Video Production

Before arriving, we anticipated having to use ND (neutral density) gel for the windows. When we got there, we realized that the windows already had a tainted green finish on them which would contrast the gel in an uncomplimentary way. We chose to forget the gel and utilize artificial lights as the main manipulators.The interviewees each had their back to the windows, and so the camera faced direct light from the outside. To battle this, we positioned two light stands and a light reflector around the subject to create a well-lit scene on the opposite side of the window.

Training Video

Each interview was shot from a different window in order to portray various perspectives into the expansive downtown views of Boston. It took a lot of assembly, maneuvering and adjusting to light each subject favorably while not white-washing the background. As the interviews continued, we had a forest of cords, gaffers tape, and c-stands sprawled throughout the conference room making walking a bit of a cautionary task.

We knew that working with the window light and the positions of the subjects would require extra time and attention, but the background visuals of downtown Boston were too good to not utilize. When it comes to Boston video production, having the equipment, patience, and adaptability to utilize each setting to its fullest potential is a crucial aspect of getting the best finished product from each project. For Coverys and this particular corporate training video, we were happy to put in the extra effort and time in order to make the most out of that environment and those downtown views.

Skillman Videography Group LLC specializes in Boston video marketing. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.

Summer 2016 Video Production Gear Trends

NAB Expo Las Vegas

NAB Expo Las Vegas

With the National Association of Broadcasters Expo (NAB 2016) having just wrapped up in Las Vegas, let’s take a look at some of the hottest emerging trends in video production gear. Staying up to date on these trends will help keep your Boston video production company ahead of the competition.


Video production gear companies are now striving to come up with the best quality stabilizers with sleek and practical designs. This new craze for camera stabilizers entails everything from gimbals to dollies to tripods, just to name a few. Many companies are creating hybrid products that switch purposes in an instant, such as changing from a shoulder rig to a mono-pod with one click. New rig devices that strap on like a backpack allow for seamless movement across all three axes without the camera operator taking the brunt of the weight. To see how stabilized shots can make all the difference, check out the Boston marketing video we made for Lynch Leadership Academy at Boston College, where SVG was able to utilize a slider mechanism to its full effect, allowing for smooth, candid takes.

4K Camera Drone

4K Camera Drone

Drones- Thanks to growing prominence among YouTubers, camera drones are quickly entering the Boston video production lexicon. These machines are becoming stronger, faster, and more versatile, so don’t be surprised if you start to see them being used by a Boston video marketing company or even for corporate training video production.  At SVG we’ve used drones for client work before, so we can’t wait to get our hands on these new versions!

Single Gimbal Device

Gimbal for DSLR

Convenience- One of the most talked about items at the NAB expo was actually very small and very cheap: a pocket-sized dolly device. Working off of three wheels and bare bones button commands, the mini-dolly is ideal for mid-sized DSLR cameras. Edelkrone showed up with a tripod that is the first of its kind, allowing for rapid folding and storage without any knobs or buttons. Finally, a new company called Parachut is about to take over the equipment rental market by storm, thanks to its new subscription-based approach that has been called “The Netflix of equipment rentals.” Not only will it give the dominant companies a run for their money, but it will also allow aspiring camera operators to work with equipment that has never been available to them.

Moving into the second half of 2016, keep an eye out for these rapidly developing trends to ensure your production company stays ahead of the curve.

Skillman Videography Group LLC specializes in Boston video production. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.