How to Light Your Videos On the Cheap!

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Learning, Making Money with Video
How to Light Your Videos On the Cheap!

This time we’ll look at a few budget options for better light in your videos.

Transcript:

You on a super tight budget but you need lights for video? Let’s talk about the second cheapest solution.

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Hey, Larry here. Cameras will give you better results when you’re filming indoors with added light. If you use whatever normal light is available, you almost always end up with video that looks grainy. We call that visual noise.

Adding some hardware store clamp lamps, like this, with some daylight adjusted curly fluorescent bulbs, is a great way to go. Daylight bulbs are closer to pure white, so you’ll get more natural looking video. Warm bulbs, like old fashioned tungsten bulbs, can give your video too much of a warm tint.

So use a few clamp lamps and mount them facing your on-camera person to light them well and so they don’t create any harsh shadows.

Remember I said this is the second cheapest lighting solution? The cheapest is to shoot outdoors with sunshine. But always do it in the shadows so you don’t get those harsh bright spots and shadows.

By the way, if you have a little more money in your budget, I really recommend the Westcott D5, 2 fixture kit. These are great if you plan to do regular filming in a makeshift mini studio.

So what’s my favorite kind of light for my in house videos, or really even pro videos like what I did in the multi-million dollar production studio? You’ll have to come back in a couple days and check out my Friday video.

Do you plan to use clamp lamps in your videos Or do you plan to step up to the D5s?

Leave a comment to tell me what you think. Do you have questions about simple, in-house video production setups? Gear? Teleprompters? Microphones? What do you want to know.

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2 Comments

  1. Dean
    July 2, 2016

    Hi Larry –

    Terrific resources! Question — how to you recommend lighting the white seamless to get that great look? Do you use 2 D5’s with a softbox, or something else?

    Reply
    • Larry Becker
      July 3, 2016

      In most of my videos I have used 2 Westcott Flex panels to light me in front, and then I use a SkyLux light to splash the background. You’ll notice that it’s not entirely smooth. There’s actually a splash of light with a somewhat less bright light falloff to my left where the graphics go.
      Just as important as the lights in the environment, are the settings on your camera. If you use auto exposure settings and those settings take the entire image area into account, it will always dim your background more than you want because of the attempt to “balance” the light. If you can manually lock your exposure, that could help. I use auto exposure on my 70D but I give it a Plus 1 Ev (exposure compensation).

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