1. Preproduction v
vp1-1. Five skills
vp1-3. Keeping track
vp1-4. First impression
vp1-5. Successful scouting
vp1-6. Words of wisdom
vp2-1. Five production skills
vp2-2. Pep talk
vp2-6. Words of wisdom
vp3-1. Five skills
vp3-3. Grading and graphics
vp3-6. Words of wisdom
Good lighting makes your images stronger, and your videos look more professional. Consider lighting as part of your composition. We'll be covering different ways to use different kinds of light.
Using the right light adds value to your shots in several ways. It makes the subject easier to see. It creates a mood. And it makes colors richer. On any production, good lighting is all-around good news.
What you will learn
You'll learn the pros and cons of LED and halogen lights, the benefits of reflectors and diffusers, light stands, and grips.
Battery-powered LED lights are the lightest and easiest to use while moving around. They stay cool and work best lighting small areas and individuals.
Halogen lights are small and powerful though they get hot and need electricity. They are best used for broad areas, such as lighting up a room.
Reflectors reflect light. There's an art to manipulating them so that the light reflects where you want it to go. Reflectors are cheap, easy to carry, and don't need electricity. They do, however, require an extra pair of hands. I rarely use them.
Light stands are stands that hold lights. However, they can have other uses. They make an ideal stand-in for focusing. They can hold up different light blocks and screens. I regularly use four when working alone.
1. Use a light stand to focus where the subject will be in front of the camera.
2. Light stand to hold the microphone either high over the subject's head or aiming up from below, not seen in the camera shot.
3. Light stands for, you guessed it, holding a light.
4. Light stand for holding a video recorder/monitor.
Grips grip things like shelves so you can attach things like lights.
Using light effectively starts by studying the light on the subject. Does the light make it easier for the viewer to follow your story? Does the light make the image look great? The answer to both questions should be 'yes.'