A video image is made of light. In order to get the best image possible, quality lighting is critical. Lighting makes more of a difference to the quality of your final image than what kind of camera you use.
A cheap camera with excellent lighting will get a better image than an expensive camera with crummy lighting. Really.
Quality lighting is one of the biggest markers between professional-quality and amateur video.
Here at the Academy at Video Production Tips, we’re going to start with the basics and tell you some of the easiest ways to achieve professional-looking lighting without a lot of sweat or hassle.
Good lighting does not have to be difficult. It also doesn’t mean that you have to use expensive, professional-grade lighting fixtures, although they’re great. Sometimes home fixtures and window light will do the trick. You just have to know how to work with whatever you have.
On this page, you will learn the fundamentals about lighting for video.
Video Lighting Basics
In this tutorial, you will discover the basic characteristics of light and how that affects your video image. Armed with this information, you can create the best lighting possible no matter what situation you find yourself in.
The tutorial runs 11:58. Make sure to download the transcript and quick start guide right below the video.
Triangle Lighting Demonstration Using Natural Light and Home Fixtures
Professionals use a technique called triangle lighting, or 3-point lighting for talking head shots. It is a flattering and easy arrangement to set up for a video interview. One of my favorite tricks is to take advantage of natural light instead of artificial lights.
In this video demonstration, I show you how I took a dark room and created awesome triangle lighting for my talking head using natural light and home fixtures. This will help you create amazing lighting anytime you want by working with your environment.
The tutorial runs 5:15.
Quick and Easy Diffused Light
In this video tutorial, I show you an easy and inexpensive trick for diffusing your light. See what a difference diffusion makes!
The video runs 1:46.