Lighting on a budget will not provide the same effect as professional lighting equipment. However, basic video lighting can be done easily, even if you are on a budget. The main goal is to make the subject visible while eliminating distracting shadows. In most situations, you will want to make the subject the brightest thing in the frame. Here are a few tips on how to accomplish that goal.
1. Consider the Environment
You’ll want to take advantage of everything that is available to you when you need to light a video on a budget. One of the main points to consider is the environment. Don’t shoot toward a window. A window will essentially be a lightbulb on camera. It will be much brighter than the subject. Instead, shoot away from the window, positioning the camera in between the subject and the window. This will allow you to use the window as a light source. You can also use small things like smart phone lights or table lamps that will help you illuminate the subject’s face. Overhead lighting can also be used to help provide additional lighting services.
2. Use Practical Lighting
Practical lighting occurs when a light source is featured in the scene. For example, neon lights or table lamps can be used to provide practical lighting. In these circumstances, you needn’t worry about the subject being the brightest thing in the frame because the practical lighting will certainly be brighter. They can, however, help brighten the subject.
Preparing in advance can help simplify the lighting process. It will allow you to procure the tools necessary to optimize the lighting of your video. Lamps and other lighting tools tend to be relatively inexpensive and can significantly improve the lighting of your video.
It isn’t impossible to make a good quality video on a budget. Several techniques can be used to maximize the lighting of your video. To learn more about how to properly light a video, contact our experts at Robin Hood Studios today!