Previously, we’ve shared some tips for lighting on a budget. Now we are going to share a few more tips. Lighting is incredibly important because the proper lighting can help make your video look much more professional. The goal when filming a video is to make the subject the brightest part of the scene. We’ve discussed how to add light to the environment, but now we will discuss how to manipulate that light to your advantage.
Changing the angle of the light can significantly affect the quality of your video. This can be done with a product called a barn door, which can be used to adjust the angle of the light in the scene. This is often used to block light from certain things. For example, light should be directed away from white walls in order to allow the subject to be the brightest thing in the image.
Blocking the light is another way to manipulate the lighting. This can be done with the use of an object called a flag. However, black construction paper or poster board can also be used to block the light. You must make sure that the material you use is black because other colors will change the color of the light. Blocking light is often used to prevent the light from hitting something you don’t want it to. This is usually a reflective surface, like a watch or mirror.
Diffusing is a method that scatters the light, which ultimately softens it. Wax paper can be used to complete this in a pinch, but it can only be used on lights that aren’t hot. If your lights are hot, you can obtain actual diffusing materials to diffuse the light.
Reflecting light is often used with outdoor scenes, because the sun is so bright. These are used to reflect the light back onto the subject. These are usually large, circular products.
Lighting is a vital aspect in order to create the most professional appearance for your video. It can be difficult to accomplish on a budget, but it is certainly attainable as long as you pay attention to the details. To learn more about how to take advantage of lighting for your video, contact us at Robin Hood Studios today!