Basic Lighting for your Video Production

Lighting is one of the key elements in video production and it makes all the difference when it comes to the quality of your video. Here are some lessons we’ve learned in lighting over the years:

  1. The quality of your video sends a message about the quality of your product.
  2. Using good lighting can make a huge impact.
  3. If you can, get a simple, 3 piece lighting kit – like this one for $800.
  4. Key light – Main light for your subject(s).
  5. Fill light – Secondary light that is not as bright and provides some contrast to the features of the subject(s).
  6. Hair/Back light – Helps the subject(s) stand out from the background.
  7. Windows – Don’t get a bright window in the back of your shot. Draw the blinds or move the shot.
  8. Adjustment Suggestions: Harsh Light – use a diffuser, move the light further away. Noisy Image – you need more light in general. Move lights closer, find another lamp or light source to add to the overall light in your shot
  9. Guerrilla Tactics: Use a window as your key light, lamp as your hair light and buy a $20 flood light on a stand from Lowe’s

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blog posts. For a more detailed explanation and to see what these tips look like on camera, check out the video below which features a lighting demonstration.

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