LIGHTING for YOUTUBE Videos: Learn the BASICS

LIGHTING for YOUTUBE Videos: Learn the BASICS

The Video Setup for YouTube: Learn which type of lighting is best for your video and how to get a perfect 3-point lighting setup.

▬ Contents of this video ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

00 – Why is lighting important (00:00:00)
01 – Types of lighting for videos (00:00:35)
02 – Natural light (00:00:40)
03 – Available Light (00:01:24)
04 – Light with video lights (00:01:57)
05 – Types of video lights (00:03:53)
06 – Spotlights (00:03:58)
07 – Softboxes (00:04:16)
08 – LED lights (00:04:37)
09 – 3 point lighting setup: How to light a scene (00:05:00)
10 – The key light (00:05:59)
11 – The fill light (00:06:34)
12 – The hair light (00:07:10)

The main reason that many YouTube videos look bad is mainly lighting and not so much the camera. Lighting has a huge effect on the look of the videos and it’s mostly underrated how to light your videos properly – we’re going to look at this in this video.

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First of all, let’s look at types of lighting. What can we use to light our videos?

1. Natural light
2. Available light
3. Artificial light

1. Natural Light
Of course, you can use natural lighting for your videos…

Just sit in front of a window, use the sun as your source of lighting. That’s probably the cheapest way to light your videos, but also not that dependable. First of all, the sunlight is not always available. Especially in the wintertime, when it’s getting darker quite early, it will be difficult to get proper lighting for your videos.

The second reason why natural lighting can be difficult is, that it changes a lot, especially if there are clouds in front of the sun. It can get really bright and really dark during just a couple of minutes and also you cannot change the sun. You cannot change the direction, you cannot change how bright the sun is. It will always be this one constant thing, that you just need to work with.

2. Available Light
One broader way to look at the natural light is if you look at the available light. That’s a term we use a lot in filmmaking, which means not only like the sun, which is natural light, but also just the regular lamps you have at your ceiling. Those are a little bit more dependable. You can turn them on if it gets dark, but they might not work properly for videos.

3. Artificial Light
So if we look at actual artificial lighting for videos, it is pretty much necessary to use special lamps for video production. If you use actual lights for videos, your videos will look way better.

First of all, they’re probably brighter. So if you use brighter lights, your camera doesn’t need to brighten up the image afterward, which always causes noise in your videos.

The second reason, regular lights can cause weird effects in the videos when their frequency doesn’t match the frequency that the camera has. And the third reason, you just have more flexibility. You can put them wherever you want, you can have the image look exactly like you want to. How to do that, we’ll discuss it later in this video, but you just have more flexibility. It comes at the cost of – first of all… costs. Video lamps just cost more than regular lamps and of course more than the sun. And you will need special lamps, you can’t just use any. But it gives you huge advantages in how your video will look afterward.

▬ Make Sure You Buy the Right Lights ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

When you’re looking at buying lights for your videos, you will encounter different types of those:

1. Classic spotlights
2. Softboxes
3. LED lights

▬ How to Light a Scene ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

So let’s assume we have got our lights, how do we actually light a scene?

For this very standard way of lighting you use three lights:

– one main light
– one fill light
– and one hair light, that comes from the back.

▬ Executive Summary ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

First of all, you probably want to use artificial lighting for your videos, even if it comes with higher costs. It is clearly worth it and will have huge effects on how your videos look.
The second thing we’ve learned is to use three-point lighting. If you’re lighting a person at least use a main and a key light to properly light the person.
And third: when you’re lighting always be aware that you’re causing shadows and be mindful of where you want to have the shadows.

▬ Equipment / YouTube Starter Kit ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬

Camera: or
Softboxes:
Audio Recorder:
Mic:

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