Video Lighting in Small Spaces

Do you want high quality video lighting, but you’re limited to a small space?

This is a very common struggle for video shooters. A formal studio can be expensive to rent (or build). Also it can be inconvenient because it requires you to travel to it and maybe schedule it ahead of time.

If you’re like a lot of people, you might want to set up some lights in your house and shoot video where it’s inexpensive and convenient — right in the comfort of your own home.

But how can you create high quality lighting in a small space?

It’s simple if you use the right techniques and equipment.

Here’s how… [Read more…]

Video Lighting Equipment: Tools You Use to Create the Look You Want

If you want your video image to look professional, one of the most important things you can do is pay attention to the lighting. There are two things you need:
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  1. An understanding of video lighting techniques
  2. The right tools for the job

In this article, I’ll briefly introduce you to some of the most common video lighting equipment.

Lighting Gear Categories

You can break video lighting equipment down into several different categories:

  • Sources of Light (such as lamps and reflectors)
  • Light quality modifiers (such as diffusion material to make light softer)
  • Light reducers (such as scrims and neutral density)
  • Light controllers (such as barn doors and other accessories that help control the light direction)
  • Light color modifiers (filtration)

Let’s get into more detail on each of these… [Read more…]

Shooting Video of Interviews: How to Create a Quality Background

Izzy Video 184When you shoot video of interviews, one of most important decisions you need to make is what background to have behind your subject. Also, what can you do to make the background more interesting visually, without becoming a distraction that competes with the speaker on the screen?

In this tutorial, I’m going to share several strategies that will help you create interesting backgrounds behind your interviewee. [Read more…]

Video Lighting Techniques: An Overview

The lighting techniques in your video will make a big impact on the quality of your final image. You can use the light to:
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  • Control the mood of your video
  • Direct the eye of the viewer where you want it to go
  • Emphasize and de-emphasize elements within the frame
  • Add texture and color
  • Make people look beautiful, ugly, sinister, or angelic

To illustrate the importance of using good video lighting techniques, let’s take a look at where video comes from… [Read more…]

Three Point Lighting: Learn How to Use the Key, Fill, and Back Lights

Three point lighting is the standard lighting technique used in video. It’s a good idea to become comfortable with three point lighting because as a video shooter, you’ll find yourself using it over and over again.
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It has the power to transform an otherwise boring and flat image into a dynamic interesting image with a subject that “pops”.

It’s not as difficult as you might think to use the 3 point lighting technique, and in this article, I’ll share with you what I’ve learned… [Read more…]