- For a regular talking-to-camera video, aim to get the light to fall evenly across the subject.
- Use other placements for more dramatic effects!
Chris: So this is just one light, and we’re going to talk about placement of the light.
Matt: (Evil laugh)
Chris: So exactly, if you start putting a light down here, it’s going to be very spooky.
Matt: Yeah, good if you wanna tell a spooky campfire story.
Chris: Yes. It’s the same if you’re in an office environment, your lights are going to be a bit like this, so that’s going to be a bit weird as well. So you want to try and get your light reasonably flat onto your subject [sic.] and Matthew will then look… Yeah, look, double thumbs up! That’s pretty good. You can also create a bit of drama by coming in from one side, but obviously if you’re doing stuff for business, it’s probably not going to be too appropriate to have a massive shadow on the other side of his face. So you just need to have a nice light source. These ones are really soft, and you can get a similar kind of light on Amazon for not much, and it’ll make a massive difference to your videos.
Matt: Let’s put a link somewhere down here. We like to talk about links, don’t we. There you go. Here’s a link to buy one of these lights, which are really great. We use these all of the time, in both photography and video, with a good multi-purpose, soft-diffuse LED light.
Chris: And the other thing to watch out for is if you’re shooting with a camera or mobile phone or whatever, you’ve got white balance issues. So this light can go from very warm to very cold, so it matches the background. But you need to just be aware of that, and buy the appropriate light. I would always go for tungsten, which is a sort of lightbulby kind of thing, because it makes everyone look warm.
Matt: We think as well, if there are any other lights in the environment, you kind of want to match those lights closely as well, so if you’ve got loads of daylight coming in… it’s best to try and control the lights as much as you can. But if you’ve got daylight, warm lights, and then another kind of bluey light over here, you’ll get lots of mixtures of white.
Chris: Right, I’m just going to put this back on the stand. I might even speed this bit up.
Matt: So we’re gonna go through our three tips to check when you’re doing lighting.
Chris: Yeah, so we talked about the placement – it just needs to give a nice even light if you’re talking to camera and you’re doing vlogs and things.
Matt: And beware of shadows at that point – so look at the main topic, which is probably going to be somebody’s face, if they’re talking, and just check there are no weird shadows under the chin or on the side of the face, and it’s as neutral as possible.