Filming iPhone been used outside - lighting and screen glare

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by gwelmarten, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. gwelmarten macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2011
    Hi there,
    I need to make a brief video of an app been used, showing the user's hand and the phone as they use the app. I tried filming today outside today (light cloud, with some sun) using another iPhone, but the recording iPhone kept adjusting exposure etc to make the recorded iPhone screen appear dark, and I had mild problems with glare on the screen. Can someone tell me the best way to do this? I was going to try this evening with the following:

    - Do it at 4:15pm, minutes after the sun has set. By that time, there is still lots of daylight, but the contrast between the natural environment and the screen should be lower.
    - Face at an angle of 90 degrees to the sun, so the camera is not pointing at it and there is no glare.

    Can anyone else make a suggestion that might help me get good footage of the phone AND the surrounding environment please?


  2. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    You need a real video camera for that. Plus a camera operator that knows how to shoot.
  3. gwelmarten thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2011
    I'm not exactly inexperienced in this area, but we're just trying to make a quick demo video of medium-quality without investing 6 hours in filming it! I tend to use a Canon 600D with Magic Lantern, but in this case I found it just exacerbated the lighting problem compared to the iPhone.

    Bearing in mind I am using the iPhone to record, do you have any suggestions re: situation, time and quick adjustments we can make to get this to work?
  4. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    To remove glare, have you tried using a polarizer?

    And also, have you tried engaging AE/AF lock before shooting the video? Engaging exposure and focus lock prior to shooting the video will ensure that the focus and exposure remain constant.

    Side note: I'm a part time cinematographer, and the iPhone is capable of doing a lot of things. But shooting product demos, such as app usage, is still best left to a HDSLR or something like a EOS Cinema. It wouldn't need an Arri though :D

    For your case, I'd suggest sticking back to your 600D, but use a circular polarizer to remove glare from the screen of the iPhone you're trying to shoot.
  5. SeilerBird macrumors 6502


    Nov 12, 2014
    Make the video indoors. You don't need external light to photograph a phone screen.
  6. FieldingMellish Suspended

    Jun 20, 2010
    Well said. A camera is needed that has controls that counteract the challenges inherent in the scene. And it's best handled by the experienced for quick and superior results.
  7. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC

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