Lights For Your Video: Why It Is Essential For Professional Shooting
In previous posts we covered needing a plan, a script and stabilizer, i.e., tripod, monopod, etc. Last week it was the necessity for a good mic. Let’s move onto the fifth essential item – video lights.
Lights: Video Essential You Shouldn’t Go Without
Because of technological advances, today’s camcorders can do some remarkable things…they can automatically adjust your white balance, you can edit from them and add digital effects as you shoot, and you can actually upload your footage to the “cloud”, to be seen by others almost immediately. Pretty awesome!
Although cameras are being made today that allow you to shoot more in low light settings, cameras still can’t control the light going into them well enough to adequately light a scene in many situations. Because your camera doesn’t adjust the way your eyes do, you need to help it along if you want to achieve the look you are going for.
The way to do that is often to add light. You will improve your shots immensely if you add light to fill in shadows, add a sparkle to a person’s eyes, and bring out the colors of a scene. The good news is that you don’t have to spend a bundle to do so.
Like microphones, lights can be cheap or very expensive, and if you are just starting out, you don’t have to over spend on lights. Simple work lights from Home Depot will work in many cases. Or a person at a desk could be lit with a desk lamp simply pointed at them. Or if your subject can move, have her face a window and use the light coming in to light her face like we did in this photo to the right.
If you are working outdoors without electricity you can use a reflector or foam core board to bounce sunlight into a scene. (I’ve recently discovered a nice and inexpensive option that I’ll share next week when I get more in-depth about using reflectors.)
We’d like to hear from you how if you have any great budget and DIY lighting solutions that you use. If so, comment below!
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Next week I’m going to be talking about why and when you need a reflector and share with you that inexpensive option I hinted at earlier.
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