Are You Lighting Your Video Wrong?
Most people think their video looks fine with no extra lighting, but if you want to stand out and take your videos to the next level, a small lighting kit will help you get there. Lighting for video is not difficult, and with the tools available today, it’s also very affordable. A basic lighting technique is called the “3-point lighting” This technique illuminates the person with 3 different light sources and gives the subject a more appealing and dimensional look. In this set-up, we have the key light, the fill light and the back light:
- The key light is aimed directly at the the subject and is the main and brightest light.
- The fill light is also aimed at the subject, but from an angle related to the key light, usually 90 degrees.
- This light helps balance the illumination so the subject doesn’t look too bright on one side and
too dark on the other.
- The back light or “hair light” as the name suggests, aims at the subject’s back or hair in order to create separation between the subject and the background
With this simple technique you are able to make yourself or your subject look more appealing and show your audience that you care about the quality of content that you’re producing. Feel free to play around with light intensity, colour and angles to create different effects and moods. If you’re ready to start lighting, here’s an affordable light kit that will allow you to create a 3-point lighting set-up.