Picking the Best Location for Your Next Video or Photo Shoot

July 31, 2019
New Hampshire Video Team discusses best locations for a video shoot

There are lots of things to think about when preparing for a photo or video shoot. One thing you may want to consider early is the best location. Here are some tips and guidelines to help in the consideration process that we have found very helpful.

Make Room!

Ideally your space has some room and isn’t too confined. This will make it easier to bring in gear and set up and move around. And it will also aid in the shots beauty. Remember depth is crucial in creating an interesting shot. And it can allow for interesting lighting and layers of look in your shot. You can also add more props, colors, and people if needed. Make room!

What’s the Light Situation?

You may want total light control as with a green screen shoot. Is this possible to block out all competing light whether windows or overhead fixtures?

On the other hand, you may want daylight and the beautiful natural look a window can give. This could help mimic a real life setting or give a natural feel to an interview.

Room to Stage and Room to Power

If your video team requires an area to stage gear is that available? Also, is there enough power and outlets to accommodate production needs?

Added bonus is wifi accessible for devices requiring it. And lastly is the area secure. Put everyone at ease with a safe location to store computers, personal items, and of course the production gear itself.

You may know this all if it’s your space or your company’s but check on this if using a different location such as an AirBNB rental.

Location, Location, Location!

Final thoughts on location details to aid you in the planning process for your next shoot:

  • Is the location easily accessible with parking?
  • Will it be easy to drive to? Traffic problems at certain times of day?
  • Do you have multiple locations to shoot in one day? If so are they all close enough to each other to make it manageable?
  • Do you need to have the spaces covered as additionally insured on your policy?
  • Will you need permission from the owner in written form to film there?
  • Does the space require cleaning before we go? Resetting of furniture?

Check these items off to be assured you are good to go. And shop away!