Lighting and Your Video Recording

The old saying “lights, camera, action” was instituted for a reason. You have to have proper lighting to make a great video movie. Regardless of what your objective is you are going to need the right lighting to get a great movie.

Most video cameras that are on the market have features that are used to set the video camera up for capturing the best video in different lighting configurations this is simple enough to use; it is usually a button somewhere on the video camera. Even when using this feature you still are going to have to make sure you are using the right setting for the right type of light. It really does make a difference!

Check Out the Lighting

Before you start filming check out the lighting that you are going to be filming in. Do a test run to see how the movie is going to be displayed with this type of lighting, try a couple of different settings to get the image exactly as you want it.

You can also try for interior shooting turning on and off various lights in the room that the filming will take place to get a better feel for things. Maybe turning off the overhead lights and turning on a lamp or two will help in getting the shot that you want. Different type of lighting can really affect the images that you capture on your video equipment.

Individual Lighting Sources

You can also try using a lighting source like a lamp situated right behind your shoulder. You should never use direct lighting head on but you can try some diffused lighting by hanging a scarf over the lamp (be careful though light bulbs get hot do not leave the lamp unattended with the scarf across the shade). Using diffused lighting is a great way to add some punch to your movie.

Lighting really does make a huge difference in not only conveying the message of the movie but also in setting the mood of the movie. Get creative with your lighting sources and you will be richly rewarded with exceptional movies that are unique.

Making video movies should be fun and should convey all types of messages; they can become a chronological memory of your family long into the future to be enjoyed for generations to come. Making sure that they are near perfect can be enhanced by the lighting options you choose. Have fun and experiment before you know it you will be an expert at making grade A movies! Lights, Camera…….Action!