The most overlooked area of amateur videography is lighting.
It’s absolutely crucial for creating professional-looking films. Yet many of us don’t understand its importance, nor how to get it right.
So here’s how to set up a 3-point lighting system which will make your videos look great.
I think the most important thing about cinematography is lighting. That’s how you create the mood that matches the story.
A quick guide to 3-point video lighting
A common and effective way of lighting a scene is to use a 3-point lighting setup. To get started, close all the curtains and make the room as dark as possible. Then introduce the lights one by one.
1. First – and most important – set up your main light. This is known as the “Key Light”.
2. Now add a “Fill Light”.
3. Finally, the “Rim Light”.
What about filming outdoors?
Why it’s important to experiment with setting up your 3-point lighting system
While these are good rules to follow, treat them as the starting point and experiment for your own setting as every situation is unique.
Basically, the main rule is – does it look right to you? If not, it won’t look right to your audience either so make adjustments until you’re happy with it!
It can take a bit of practice to figure out the best lighting set-up for your video but it’s worth it. Check out my other blog articles for more video recording and presentation tips. Or ask a question in the Video Creators Facebook Group.