HOW TO LIGHT VIDEOS

Mas­ter a three-light setup for in­door in­ter­views

Digital Photograper - - Video Skills -

1 PO­SI­TION YOUR SUB­JECT

Ask your sub­ject to sit down and frame up the shot for your footage first. You’ll be po­si­tion­ing three con­tin­u­ous light sources (these could be LEDs).

2 TURN ON KEY LIGHT

Po­si­tion the main light, the bright­est of the three you are us­ing, be­hind the cam­era and fac­ing your sub­ject, above their eye level.

3 ADD FILL LIGHT

Po­si­tion a light to the side of your sub­ject at a 45-de­gree an­gle, to fill in shad­ows on their face. Set the in­ten­sity to around half that of the key light.

4 ADD BACK LIGHT

Po­si­tion an­other light be­hind your sub­ject out of shot, out­lin­ing their head and cre­at­ing sep­a­ra­tion be­tween them and the back­ground.

5 CHECK THE VIEW

Use Live View to check the light­ing ef­fect. Tweak the white bal­ance, an­gle and po­si­tion of lights, and ra­tio of power be­tween the three lights.

6 ADD AC­CES­SORIES

To mod­ify the setup be­fore you start rolling the cam­era, you could add in a re­flec­tor or dif­fuser, or at­tach coloured gels over the light sources.

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