In today’s post I will share a few tips on how to improve the lighting in your films. In the previous installment of this series, the ‘homework’ was to have a play with your camera and film in several locations and to play back your films. So how did you get on?
If you are like me on a limited budget but still need extra lighting to improve your films then read on. The thing that surprised me most when I started filming, was just how much light was needed to stop a film looking dark! Areas which I thought were well lit, came out extremely dark on film.
Getting Extra Light
- Daylight; This was a tip from Suzi Blu but she was right. I filmed right next to a window on a bright day and this was a good light to film in.
- Anglepoise lamps; I used an anglepoise lamp with a daylight bulb in next to the camera and this improved the lighting.
- Smaller Desk lamps; You can get extendable desk lamps in WHSmiths for under £10. get a couple and put them either side of your work and this helps eliminate some of the shadows.
These films shows some more lighting suggestions, all made by Video Maker.com
Three Point Lighting Helps reduce shadows
If you would like to see the videos I’ve made so far, here is my home on You Tube.
Coming up in Part 5:
Edit your film using your Computer. How a little editing can improve your film.
Best wishes and thanks for watching/reading, see you soon