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Light for video recording and what to pay attention to when staging

Updated: Apr 8

Setting the light is one of the key stages of work when creating a video recording. The light allows you to hide flaws and emphasize the necessary details, make a character and cause the audience a flurry of various emotions. Many bloggers often pay close attention to the choice of cameras, but ignore the lighting. This is a mistake, because without high-quality lighting, even on the most expensive video camera, the video will be flat and boring.


Setting the light is one of the key stages of work when creating a video recording. The light allows you to hide flaws and emphasize the necessary details, make a character and cause the audience a flurry of various emotions. Many bloggers often pay close attention to the choice of cameras, but ignore the lighting. This is a mistake, because without high-quality lighting, even on the most expensive video camera, the video will be flat and boring. Before diving into the basics of organizing light for video recording, it is necessary to study the basic concepts and terms used by professionals.


Daylight

Natural light.


Artificial light

Artificial is any kind of lighting that has an unnatural origin. When creating a video recording, artificial light complements daytime lighting or replaces it when shooting indoors or in the evening and at night.


Curtains for a lighting device

This is one of the varieties of accessories for lighting fixtures. The shutters are installed on the outer surface of the reflector. They are necessary for the distribution and control of lighting on the device. With their help, you can direct rays or create shadows.


Highlights light

The rear sliding light is necessary in order to mark or make clearer the contours of the object on the general background. It lifts and highlights the environment.


Reflecting light

The name speaks for itself – it is light reflected from a white surface. Soft and warm, it makes the space brighter.


Hard light

Deep, sharp shadows, minimal tonal transition area – this is harsh lighting. It makes the image deeper, more dramatic and is characteristic of very dark shadows.


Highlights

This is a type of lighting that allows you to place accents, highlight a particular fragment of the video sequence. Highlights define the structure and shape of the subject.


Soft light

It is used mainly for lighting faces. It seems to envelop the object, casting shadows with soft contours.


Color temperature

This characteristic allows us to evaluate the objectivity of the impression of the color of lighting sources, as well as objects reflecting it. The indicator is measured in Kelvins (K) and is used to balance the image.




There are various lighting techniques when shooting videos. Consider a technique called 3 points of light illumination. This technique involves the use of three lighting sources, which will be presented in more detail below.


Drawing or key light



Drawing or contour light

The main light is a beam of light directed at the subject of the video. Sources are placed simultaneously on both sides of the camera to designate all objects on the set.


Filling light



Filling light

This type of light is softer than the main one. Its source is located opposite the main one (it is important to observe the ratio of 3 to 1). It is necessary in order to remove the shadows created by the main light.


Contour light or contour



Contour light

The light source is installed behind the object in order to place accents. The outline highlights the object against the general background, giving it volume. It is important to be able to handle it for shooting in a contour light.


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