What’s a better time to be in the Midwest than during the fall season? With crisp air, cooler temperatures, and scenic views, it’s one of the best times of the year for capturing the best angles of your school. However, just as the fall foliage is fleeting, so is your opportunity to get the best shots possible. Let’s get into why fall is the best (and most popular) time to film for schools and how you can make the most of it in your content.
Brighten Up Your Shots
The fall foliage is undeniably striking, blending hues of bright orange, deep red, and gold together to create a vibrant scene. If you need some fresh shots of campus, now is the time to film. The warm colors of the leaves will instantly brighten up the shot and make it more visually appealing. Aside from the beauty in these shots, fall is associated with going back to school, so filming September through November will accurately depict your campus during that first quarter or semester of the school year.
Catch Golden Hour: The Perfect Time for Aerial Shots
During fall, the sun begins to rise a bit later and sets a bit earlier compared to the summer months. This sunrise and sunset shift is an ideal schedule for videographers who want to shoot during golden hour. Golden hour is more popularly known as the last hour before sunset, but it also occurs the first hour before sunrise. One of the best ways to take advantage of golden hour is to film your aerial shots. Nothing beats the warm, sunny light reflecting off the vivid treelines during a cozy fall morning or evening.
Use Overcast to Your Advantage
While many dread overcast days, it’s actually the perfect time for capturing video in terms of lighting. An overcast sky creates diffused light that is nice and soft. This makes it easier on the videographer because they don’t have to adjust their light settings as often as they would if it was a bright sunny day. After all, nobody wants an overexposed shot!
Not to mention, when you’re filming faculty, staff, and students, you want to minimize any squinting or unnatural expressions from bright, direct light. Making sure the subjects in your video are as comfortable as possible is key when it comes to filming individuals.
Temperatures Are Ideal
The transitional weeks of fall weather are absolutely ideal for filming because the temperature is just right—not too hot, but not too cold. If you can find a day to film that’s anywhere between 65 and 75 degrees, you’ll be golden. It’s a given that pleasant weather makes the filming process enjoyable for everyone involved (from the media team to the staff and students that are featured).
Mild temperatures also offer versatility in what your subjects will wear. In the summer, it may simply be too hot to film, plus nobody wants to break a sweat on camera. On the other hand, when winter rolls around and people get all bundled up, it can distract the shot and make it harder to identify the individual. Fall weather allows participants to dress as they please (because neither short sleeves or long sleeves are out of the norm during this season). The wardrobe options are endless!
Media Services is Here To Help You!
The fall season is short and sweet, which is why we encourage you to take full advantage of the cinematic potential the season brings!
If you’re seeking optimal video production, leave it to the experts at CIESC Media Services. At CIESC Media Services, we work with our clients to ensure they have the right video assets to engage their audiences. No matter your video goals, we have the tools and resources you need to bring your vision to life!
Check out our FAQ series to learn more about how we can help you with your next production. To learn more about our services and studio, contact us directly at (317) 759-5555.