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Video Production Lighting Techniques

LIGHTING FOR VIDEO TECHNIQUES AND TIPS

Lighting is one of the most important elements that will either make, or break, the quality of your video production.

Bad lighting marks you as a video amateur in a nano-second! Improve your lighting techniques and greatly improve the overall quality of your video productions.

LIGHTING FOR VIDEO TECHNIQUES AND TIPS
Although professional light kits are wonderful and give great results, you can still get quality results without such equipment if you know how to take advantage of whatever light you do have.

Quality lighting does not have to be hard, nor does it take fancy, expensive equipment, although fancy equipment is nice.  🙂

To get the most out of whatever lighting situation you find yourself in, you need to know the basics of video lighting. once you know the basics, you can make any situation you find yourself in work.

As a videographer, I found myself working in every situation you can imagine, from the bottom of a cave to inside opulent office buildings.  No matter where I was, I needed to create a professional quality video image and that takes good lighting techniques.

There is no doubt about it, even if you have the world’s greatest video camera, if your lighting is awful, your image will suffer.  A cheap camera backed up with good lighting techniques will get you a better shot than a great camera with crummy lighting.

The following links to blog posts and tutorials will demonstrate everything you need to know in order to get quality lighting for your video productions.

Now you can improve the lighting in your videos immediately with the advice found in all of these posts.

Many of the demonstrations in the video tutorials linked to below use ordinary household lighting fixtures.

The keys to high quality lighting lie in placement and diffusion level. With the proper placement and diffusion level, you can achieve quality lighting. Explore the links below for more details.

More Information on Video Lighting Techniques

Video Lighting Basics

More Video Lighting Basics:

Simple 3-Point Lighting for a Talking Head Video

Using Compact Florescent Lights in Video

 

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Lorraine Grula


Lorraine Grula enjoyed a fast-paced, multifaceted career in the television and video business, producing, shooting, writing, and editing documentary-style videos in both news and corporate settings. Later, she got to teach media and video production in two high schools, which then morphed into instructional design and corporate training. Lorraine is now dedicated to sharing her vast knowledge with others who wish to learn the art of video making, with an emphasis on storytelling and creating professional-quality videos for the internet as simply, yet creatively as possible.

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  1. ur teaching is great,i need to know more about setting of light and camera

  2. Hi Enabu
    Thanks for your comment I am glad you enjoy my video tutorials! To lean more, explore the blog! I have over 400 articles and tutorials on this blog covering all subjects of video making. Enjoy!
    Lorraine

  3. As a professional video production company, we always carefully light our scenes. The best part is the way one can paint the scene with light to subtly emphasize subjects, shade them and differentiate the most important visual parts of the shot with a really artful effect. It’s one of those things that can easily go unnoticed by viewers but makes the difference between a great -looking scene and a visually flat and uninspiring composition. Hurray for the art of lighting!

  4. Hi Corey.

    Hurray for the art of lighting indeed! Thanks so much for your comment. Lighting is truly an art form and probably the single best way to have great-looking shots. Doing it to the extent you do makes beautiful images. Of course it is also quite time consuming and not something small low-budget productions can do to perfection. Here on this blog, my readers are mostly beginner to intermediate so my tutorials cover the basics of lighting so people can make whatever situation/equipment they have work as well as possible. Whenever I watch TV, I love carefully studying the image and then imagining the lighting set-up. All that work I didn’t have to do as I sprawl out on my easy chair in the evenings! Life is good. 🙂
    Thanks and have a great day!
    Lorraine

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