Filming Outdoors vs Filming Indoors: Which One is Better for Your Video?

  |   Feb 07 2017   |  



Filming Outdoors vs. Filming Indoors 

Which One is Better for Your Video?


When preparing to shoot a project, choosing where to shoot it is one of the most important steps. Almost all of the visual quality is dependent on the way the shots are lit, and your surroundings can greatly affect your audio recordings. Unless your video is location-dependent, you have to pick a location and decide whether you will shoot outdoors or indoors. 

There are pros and cons to both styles of shooting, and the type used is completely dependent on the production

Outdoor Filming

The biggest downfall when shooting outside is the lack of control the production team has. Since natural light isn’t controllable, you could lose your shot as the day goes on or the weather changes. However, natural lighting can sometimes look the best on your subject, and scenery and landscapes can make for interesting visuals.  

It’s important to bring reflectors as well. They can help manipulate the sunlight to properly light your subject while shooting on bright days. 

Audio is a big factor to consider when filming outside. If it is a windy day, or your production is close to a busy road, the microphones will pick up the extra noise and distract the audience.  

Pro Tip:

Shooting on overcast days helps achieve some of the best outdoor lighting. 

Here's an example of a video shot entirely outdoors:


Indoor Filming

Shooting your project indoors can greatly increase control over both the image and sound. With a proper studio lighting setup, you can light your shots however you want. Full studio setups are made for preparation and precision, but adjusting the lights can take time.  

When shooting outside of a studio, lighting kits are essential for proper indoor lighting. These are made to be set up in the field and on the go and are miles ahead of typical overhead room lighting. 

Audio is easily controllable inside as well.  It will typically be quieter inside, so the microphones will be able to pick up even more sound.  One common problem you might encounter though, is the slight echo some larger rooms might have.   

Pro Tip:

Shooting with a low light video camera can speed up field production if you don't have access to a lighting kit. 

Now, here is a video for the same company shown before, except was filmed entirely indoors:


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