Lighting can express a mood, create interesting backgrounds or direct the eye. The right lighting setup may be something of an art, but with a few simple steps and accessories you too can create setups with professional results — and only one light.
Unless you bring a van full of lighting equipment, the most important consideration when deciding how your scene will look is the existing lighting on your video shoots, which leads us to why sometimes your lighting is great and sometimes it sucks.
Want a professional looking shot, but only have access to basic hardware store clamp lamps? If you have three of them, in addition to some tin foil, wax paper, a few binder clips (or clothespins), and wire hangers, you will be able to rig your way to a winning shot.
We’ve all been there, you know that moment when you realize you forgot something really important like filling up the tank before a long trip. Or leaving your phone at home with no time to go back and get it. Well that’s what it’s like when you show up on a video shoot with no lights.
Shooting a character on a chroma screen provides creative freedom and often allows you to save money. By using a chroma key, your actor can be in a lavish castle or a scenic moonscape. Even a perfectly planned chroma key shoot can run into problems, but there are solutions available to save your project.
The most important part of black and white videography to understand is lighting. Proper lighting can make or break your shot, and many factors contribute to being able to properly light a black and white scene.
Lighting with reflectors is easy once you understand the basics. Put your subject in the frame, figure out where the light source is coming from and reflect some of that light back onto your subject. It really is that simple.