On Location: Sous Vide Cooking Class
Earlier this month I had the chance to shoot a cooking class for Skillshare. The talent, Jessica, was fabulous to work with; and I walked away from the shoot having learned something new, which is always nice. It was a pretty relaxed day and we got through 6 videos in about 9 hours.
This is the second Skillshare class I’ve shot, and what I’ve learned is that these should always be shot with two (preferably three) cameras. Both of the classes I’ve shot were just me and the instructor on set; but I think having one more person to help with lighting and to run a second camera is the way to go with these.
That being said, I was able to stop Jessica mid-action and punch in for close-ups where needed. She was calm and easy to work with, which made the day fly by. We started with the intro and outro videos that are more talking head, then moved into the demos; once we were out of the talking heads she opened up and was fantastic on camera.
I shot on the Canon C300 with 24-70mm and 70-200mm lenses. I love this setup and the C300 really is a workhorse of a camera. Originally I had wanted to shoot on primes, but having to jump in and out of wides and closeups really quickly meant that I had to use the zooms.
I used Ikan and Aperture LED panels to light; luckily the space had a lot of large windows to allow a ton of natural light in and I just had to supplement a little. The splash lights in the kitchen were too hot and had a green kick coming from them; so I popped out a bulb from each fixture then used 250 diffusion, full CTB, and 1/4 magenta wrapped around each remaining bulb, which gave me just the right amount of pop on the walls of the kitchen.
The more I do these shoots, the more I’ve learned what style of shots to get. I’ve never done it before, but I used an overhead shot for the demos at it worked perfectly; definitely something I’ll be utilizing a lot in the future. I’ve gotten really comfortable as a one-man-band, but having that second person would be very welcomed, and I’ll be bringing someone on all my future shoots.
I didn’t edit it (hence why there’s no color correction), but the class is now live on Skillshare. And Jessica runs a lifestyle blog, thevalue.in, that has a bunch of great recipes that you should check out. I’m looking forward to doing more shoots with Skillshare in the future.