One of the easiest and cheapest ways to help your video look professional is the lighting. In this video, we demonstrate some the simple methods you can employ when lighting your video shoot.
We will also demonstrate some of the necessary lighting positions needed to help create that professional look. The great thing is you don’t need to spend any money, just use whatever is available to you – overhead lights, natural light from windows, lamps around the office, etc.
Firstly, we give a graphical representation of the three point lighting set-up. Three-point lighting involves a key light, a fill and a rim or back light.
The key Light
This is your main and most important light. The purpose of the key light is to highlight the form and dimension of the subject and is the primary light source. It provides the bulk of the illumination on your subject and may produce some strong shadows. You may use a strong lamp for this or even a large window if the weather permits.
The job of the fill is to keep the shadows from the key from being too strong. An alternative to using a direct light source as a fill is to re-direct or “bounce” the key light towards the subject by using a reflector such as a white piece of cardboard or a white wall.
The Back Light
This refers to the process of illuminating the subject from the back. In other words, the lighting instrument and the viewer are facing towards each other, with the subject in the middle. Again, a simple office lamp can be used.