Adding some video production offerings to your photography workload has become pretty common for a lot of photographers. Even though a lot of the technology is transferable, not all the skills are, and shooting interviews, both in the setup and getting better dialogue, can be difficult to learn.
The days of simple white backdrop talking heads are over, and clients are demanding higher production value all the time. Shooting better-looking interviews can often be difficult, as you don't always know the location you'll be shooting beforehand. More often than not, if you can pick the location, you'll end up in a terrible place for both sound quality and background. This has been the case for me on many projects.
The team over at Indy Mogul has put together 10 great tips to get better, more cinematic interviews no matter the location you find yourself in. They cover ways to improve a bad background, add dimension and atmosphere with what's around you, and even how to coach better dialogue out of your subject.
Overall, these are a lot of great tips I wish I had known when I did my first few interviews. I'd add carrying small LED lights like Lume cubes can go a long way to making a better background.
What are some tips you've found to get better interviews in bad locations?