How to Create DIY Lighting for Home Videos

If you are looking to create your own video, we have some tips that can help you make it look perfect. Lighting is a big part of the visual appeal of a video. Being able to create your own lighting will allow you to show the best features of your subject. The main goal of lighting is to highlight your subject while illuminating the harshness from your lights. There are many ways to set up the lights for your video. We usually use a three point lighting setup for our shoots at Skillman Video Group. Our Boston Video Production Company wants you to know the ins and outs of shooting on on your own. Check out these important tips for DIY lighting.

DIY Lighting for Home Video

DIY video shootDIY shooting can be done anywhere. Choose a location that best fits your topic. If you are working on your corporate video ideas think about using a nice office with space for your lights to be set up. If you are shooting inside your house you want to make sure the room you are using has a good feel to it. Our How to Video was set in a living room to give it a good home feel. There will be some things in the room that you have to work around. If you have large windows or lights on the walls you want to make sure they look good in use otherwise find a way to cancel them out.

How to Set Up Lighting for a Video Shoot

Deciding where you are going to place the lights depends on where you subject will be and how you want to illuminate them. Place your key light in front of the subject. This light is the main focus on the subject for your shoot. The fill light stands to the side of the subject to help eliminate shadows that may appear behind them. You want to be careful that you don’t create a shadows on the person as well. If the subject is likely to move their arms while they talk, you don’t want them to create shadows on their body of their arms. The last light is the back light. This light brings more to the background of your shot. You want to have it face behind the subject to give a cool look to the shot.

What is the Best Type of Light for a Video Shoot?

There are many different lights around the house that can be used to create a good lighting setup for a video shoot. When searching for your potential you want to think about the strength of the bulb and how the light shines. Certain lamps could be used if you are able to shift the shade to create the right angle for the light to face the subject. Lights that are easily accessible and movable are the best to use for a shoot. The lights we used are all considered work lights. Two painter lights and a drop light that are often used for construction or workshops. The bulb is also a big part of choosing the right light. Some lights are more harsh than others if they are yellow or white based. White based is the best, but you want to choose the less harsh light out of your options.

How to Soften Harsh Lighting

Diffusion is a very important part of lighting. It allows you to soften any of the lights in your setup with a sheet like material. Many Professional Videographers have their own sheets of diffusion that they attach to their keylight to create a less harsh light. Around the house there are different things that can be used to create DIY diffusion. A plain white t-shirt, a sheet, or a some sort of silk are good materials for diffusion. You want it to be a solid color and have a thinner material. The diffusion usually sits on your key light, so that the subject isn’t in the harsh light.

Should I use Natural Light?

DIY video shoot b-rollFor beginners it is sometimes hard to use the natural light correctly. When creating a lighting setup it is important to make sure the natural light is not interfering with your lights. Although natural lighting can be very pretty in a shot, it can also create shadows and harsh angles in contrast with your lights. The easiest way to get around this is by illuminating the natural light in total. ND Gel sheets are often used in the video production services to soften the natural light. Taking the DIY approach we used simple things around the house to cancel out the natural light through the large windows. Using blankets, sheets, and trashbags we were able to cancel out the lighting so it would not affect our setup. There are many things you can use to get around natural lighting, and once you are more experienced use can use the natural light to help with your shot.

There are many things found around the house that you can use to create you own three point lighting system. If you follow the tips we provided you could be making videos just like a professional video production.

Skillman Videography Group LLC specializes in Boston video production. Call us anytime at 1-800-784-0140.