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Good vs Bad Lighting for Video

After audio, lighting is the most important thing when creating a GREAT video.

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As part of the series “How to create a GREAT video for your blog” I bring you “Good vs Bad Lighting for Video”!

I’ve got some examples of bad lighting and ways to fix it and even some DIY solutions to help you get the lighting for your video just right!


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8 Responses to Good vs Bad Lighting for Video

  1. Ameena, this is exactly the type of ‘how-to’ we don’t see enough of online. LOVED the different looks and how you changed with each one.

    Thank you!


    • Thanks Marcus, When I was doing my research on lighting a few months ago I struggled to find anything concise and clear on good vs. bad lighting … so I went and did it myself (with help from John)!

  2. This is some very helpful information Ameena – I haven’t seen any 3 minute video that provided so many useful tips on video!

    Thank you!

  3. Ameena, thanks for this video. Is there any particular type of lightbox you use and where can one buy one? I live in France so I would need delivery there. Thanks in advance.

  4. Hi Ameena,
    I ran across your blog while searching for some tips. Thank you for all of the info in this lighting video.

    I just shot a promo video for my soon-to-launch interactive website and was disappointed with the ME portion of the video because the lighting was a) overexposed and b) made me look very pale. I spent literally 40 crash hours learning Final Cut color correcting only to come out with passable footage. I had purchased a great little 3 part lightbox kit, but the bulbs were 6500K. What temp is your light kit? I’ve read 5500K is daylight temp, while the tungstuns you were “glowing yellow” with are around 3200K. Also, because ‘ve got that standard British/American fair skin and was wondering what colors you would suggest for backgrounds and clothing?

    Your white background looks great. Simple and sleek. I might try it myself next time. Looks as though you’d want to contrast it with a decent amount of color in the clothing. Am I right? :)

    • Hi Josh,

      Glad you fond it useful! I use a 5000w lightbox – try putting the lights further away to avoid getting washed out.

      In terms of backgrounds – I suggest you keep it really simple, avoid black as it’s really draining and really hard to get right (you need a lot of good lighting)

      Clothing wise – keep it simple, thin stripes can dance on video and really crazy patterns can be distracting. Again, if you are suffering with looking washed out avoid dark colours.

      Good luck! Keep me posted!

  5. Thanks for sharing, great article!

    For amateur or professional videographers who don’t have the budget for professional lighting kits such as Arri kits or other brands, we’ve found an extremely cheap and professional custom lighting kit. The key is “colortrans” lighting, they’re professional lights made in the 1970′s and are extremely cheap on ebay compared to other lighting. After using a few $40 spot/floodlights and fresnels from ebay in our film productions, we’ve found they were very high quality and will continue to use them on all our shoots, even feature films.

    We recommend spending $20-$80 a month on ebay on these colortrans lighting setups, and eventually within the year you’ll be surprised at how much of a kit you’ve built up! Bulbs are cheap for these lights, usually ranging between $15-$30 so it’s an all around professional and effective method for videography lighting (or photo too)


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