Part 5 of an 8 Part Series on How to Create a Website – Create and Upload Videos
Part 5 of an 8 Part Series on How to Create a Website – Create and Upload Videos.
Many videographers starting out do not realize how much good lighting weighs in on professional video production. With the current rage of the video revolution at full peak, there are many shifts in our perception of true video production equipment and lighting is no different. Even before the release of the game changing Canon 7D, there were a great many videographers that knew they could use conventional photography lighting for great video productions. With the advent of CFL (compact fluorescent light) bulbs, video and photography lighting had its own little revolution. Gone are the days of expensive hot tungsten lights and flashes. It is now possible to pick up CFL bulb kits that emulate the effects of the sun for high quality indoor video productions. As an example a 85watt CFL is an approximate incandescent equivalent of a 300 Watts bulb for less than twenty dollars apiece.
Here we will be covering all the ins and outs of lighting. We will be comparing the uses of umbrellas and soft boxes to form the best combination of 3 point lighting used in production quality videos.
For most people when they create a website video, it is more than likely going to be an interview of some sort. There will be one or more people in front of the camera. The most ideal lighting for these conditions is the standard three point lighting setup.
The three point lighting setup is comprised of a key light, a fill light and a hair light. The first light is the key light and will be the primary source of illumination. The key light is placed in front of the subject at either 45 degrees to the left or right. If the key light were used by itself, it would cause harsh shadows.
An additional second light placed at eye level is required to illuminate these areas of darkness and soften the shadows. This additional light would be in front of the subject at 45 degrees opposite to the key light. This additional light is known as the fill light and is normally 50% of the key lights intensity. This intensity can go up or down in wattage dependent on the artistic needs of your shot. As an example if you are going for a more film noir look, then you would reduce the wattage of your fill light, creating more harsh key light shadows.
The third light source is known as the hair light. It is placed above and somewhat behind the subject and should just barely light the top of the subjects head. If only the hair light was on, it should slightly highlight the hair on the top of the head while giving a perfect silhouette of the subject. The hair light should not light the nose and face at all. If done correctly this technique creates a separation between the subject and their background, giving a strong sense of depth to the scene.
How much wattage you will need for each of these three lights will be dependent on your scene requirements and how close the lights will be to the subject. The closer the lights are to the subject the less wattage that is required. It is interesting also to note that the closer the key and fill light are to your subject the softer and more flattering the light becomes. This is because of the properties of soft boxes and umbrellas. The closer the lights are the more it raps the subject in soft light.
Close ups are common when you create a website blog interview. With a close up, very little is seen to the left or right with the average camera lens. This is great for the user on a budget. This requires less wattage and fewer lights.
Another option to help fill the harsh shadows in a scene is the use of a reflector kit. Reflector kits take the existing light sources in the scene and reflect it back onto the subject. One of the more popular reflector kit techniques is softening the shadows under the chin, diminishing the appearance of a double chin. For the cost it’s a great addition to your kit.
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