Quality lighting for video is really a lot easier than you might think. Here is a short video demonstration of how you can get incredible looking three-point lighting for a talking head video using nothing but inexpensive fixtures you already have sitting around the house.
The talking head video is probably the single most common type of video. It serves so many functions and is really the easiest kind of video to make. That doesn’t mean lots of people don’t goof it up though.
To make your talking head video well, the single most important things are decent lighting and decent audio quality. Today’s post covers lighting for talking head. In this quick five-minute video, watch as I fully explain the easiest way to set up professional quality, triangle lighting using standard home lighting equipment.
3-point lighting is the professional standard for lighting a talking head. Essentially, it means 3 points of light surround the head, giving it definition. It is also called triangle lighting. Some people might even use something like drum pendants to consider the acoustics of the video.
As I was setting up to videotape myself the other day, I made a spur of the minute decision to go ahead and roll the camera while I was setting up so you could learn exactly how I do it. I do it the cheap and easy way!
So as I got ready to work, still wearing my PJ’s with no make-up yet, (Sorry. Scary, I know.) I rolled tape and yacked at the camera, explaining what I was doing as I turned on each light. And, yes, I left my pj’s on, though that is not as exciting as it might sound. 🙂
This video demonstration shows you how I went from a dark, empty room to a great looking shot in less than five minutes. (The make-up part took longer, this video is just about lighting!)
It really all boils down to where the light fixtures are placed and how you define light fixture. Watch the video and see exactly what I mean.
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