How to Get the Perfect Lighting for Video

Webcam lighting

Setting up lighting for your webcam doesn’t have to be difficult. Here are a few tips:

  1. Make sure you have enough light. If you don’t, add some! We discuss the different types of lighting you can purchase later in this blog.
  2. Make sure your face is lit evenly and doesn’t have unwanted shadows. You may have to adjust the position or location of your light sources to do this.

For a low-budget solution, try shooting with a window behind your camera and the light shining on your face. Using natural light is a great option if it’s available. If not, there are plenty of cheap ring light setups that will work just fine.

Set up 3-point lighting

The most common setup for lights is called three-point lighting. It consists of a key light, a fill light, and a backlight (sometimes called a “hairlight”).

Imagine that your subject is at the center of a clock, with the camera at six.

The key light is located approximately at four. It should be the brightest of the three and provides the bulk of light to your subject.

The fill light is approximately at eight, and eliminates shadows caused by the key light. Your fill should be about half the intensity of your key so that it still eliminates shadows, but doesn’t produce a flat-looking shot due to the fill and key lights matching too closely.

The backlight located somewhere between one and two, separates your subject from the background. This creates depth and prevents a flat-looking shot. Your backlight can be hard light (no diffusion), as it won’t create shadows visible to the camera on the subject’s face.

Pro tip: Look at your subject through your camera’s lens. That way, you’ll be able to see your lighting as your viewers will see it. This perspective may reveal issues you couldn’t see with your own eyes.

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