Proper lighting is one of the primary elements separating poor-quality images from masterpieces. A scene without enough light or with harsh, distracting shadows or highlights is not effective in communicating your message. It’s important to learn early on the best practices for lighting for video. This article is intended to serve as a collection of essential reading as you progress on the path to better lighting.
Before we go any further with our lighting fundamentals, check out 5 Ways Not to Suck at Lighting
for a good jumping off point. This will help you steer clear of some of the most common errors new video producers make when it comes to lighting.
Now let’s get serious, starting with the most basic and ubiquitous lighting technique of all — three-point lighting. This is the foundation for many more complex lighting styles, so if you’ve never heard of this tried and true technique, it’s time to get studying.
Once you have the basics down, your videos should be starting to look pretty good. However, as you gain more experience, some new questions may arise, such as “How do I get softer shadows?” or “Why are my colors all weird?”[image:blog_post:60363]
Working with What You Have
Want to start building your kit, but not ready to buy three separate lights? No problem. We’ll show you how to get great results with just one light in 5 Considerations for One-Light Setups
Learning about lighting is a fantastic way to understand the basic principles, but to become a master gaffer, you need practice and experience. No excuses — get out there and start lighting your next project.
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