Good lighting can make or break a video.
There is a very real truth in making videos – it really doesn’t matter how good your camera is if you don’t have the lighting to back it up. You’ll be surprised how awful the picture quality on a 1080p professional over the shoulder camera looks when it doesn’t shoot in good lighting.
In order to make sure this doesn’t happen to you, the first thing you want to do is make sure you have a good lighting kit. It doesn’t necessarily have to be one you bought; you can make one yourself if you have the know-how.
Placement of You and Your Lights
One of the first things you want to make sure is that you don’t stand too close to your wall/background because if you’re the sort of person that uses a green screen you’ll run into trouble if you’re casting a shadow on your background, especially with a powerful studio light.
The second thing is placement. One of the reasons that stage performers tend to wear make up is because a bright white light can drown out your facial expressions, particularly when you have a lighter skin tone. This is why you want to have a recording space big enough that you can have your lights at least a few feet away from you.
Another thing that is important is to have more than one studio light. You want at least two to ensure that the light is spread evenly throughout the shot. Using one is fine when you want half the screen in shadow but unless that is specifically the look you’re going for, then you’ll want two.
Umbrellas Or Softboxes
An umbrella is not usually suitable in small settings, as you will lack a lot of control over the light. That and you will also find that it’s brightest in the middle and this can look unusual on camera. That being said they are more useful for more open spaces.
Soft boxes, on the other hand, don’t have these problems. They are available in squares or octobox and the larger your soft box, the softer the light will be. This can be very useful for lighting your room and improving picture quality without making the shot too bright.
Once you’ve made your decision on what you’re going to use, plug in and get to work. You’ll want to make adjustments based on what works best with your camera. Not only that but you’ll want to really toy around with the placement of your light and really find what suits the mood of your video/film the best.
Harsher contrasts will be good for some shots but poor for others, the best thing you can do is start experimenting with what works and what doesn’t. Not all lighting kits are going to work for you either, so make sure you try as many as you can if you have the opportunity to do so.
Also be sure to look into what your favorite video makers and filmmakers use to find that style that you’re going for.
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Having good lighting for your video is one of the most important aspects of success in the competitive world of YouTube. Follow these simple guidelines and you’ll be looking like a Hollywood production in no time.
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