Lighting is the heart of any video image, since if it weren’t for light the image wouldn’t even exist.
That said, lighting your video doesn’t have to be hard. In fact it can be amazingly simple. No matter what situation you find yourself videotaping, you can get quality lighting if you know a few basic lighting techniques.
Discover how to take your video lighting from FLAT to AWESOME by watching these two video tutorials I made. They are below.
In under ten minutes, I promise you will learn more about lighting than you can imagine.
- The first video covers the basic lighting concepts of diffused light and direct light. I show you exactly what that means and why it matters. I also talk about the critical aspect of direction: what direction is the light coming from?
- The second video demonstrates easy ways to get professional-looking lighting even if you do not have professional gear. If you do have professional gear, this video will still help you because the principles of 3-point lighting are universal.
PROFESSIONAL LIGHTING MADE EASY
All the fancy gizmos and gadgets that come in an expensive light kit are meant to provide diffused or direct light, but I promise you do not need the expensive gizmos to get the same basic effect. I show you how to diffuse and direct your light in a professional way with whatever common household lighting fixtures you have.
Going into further detail, the second video covers easy cheap ways to get 3-point lighting, the professional way to light a talking-head video. Talking head videos are probably the single most common shot in all of videomaking so no doubt you will encounter this situation.
Three point lighting is also known at triangle lighting, or 3-point lighting. It basically means that light is coming from at least 3 different places, forming a triangular pattern around the person’s head.
I show you how to get easy triangle lighting using nothing but common household fixtures like your desk lamp and the windows. These things become instant, cheap and easy professional lighting tools if you know how to use them!
I promise if you watch both these video tutorials, you will be armed with the information you need to improve your lighting, no matter what situation you find yourself in.
As you can see, using the right lighting techniques make a big difference in how your video looks.
Leave a comment below and let me know what questions you have about how to light video.
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