During this shot in Guatemala I ran into a situation I deal with often, especially when interviewing children – low input levels because of soft spoken talent.
Often when talent has a lower volume voice, interviewers tend to lean-in or position themselves a little closer. This creates an intimate, soft low-volume conversation that brings up the room ambience and decreases your signal to noise ratio.
The fix? Ask the interviewer to back up a bit and speak a little louder. This makes the talent speak up without asking them to. You’ll get those extra dB’s without making the talent feel self-conscious.