Blank Slate: Interview Lighting
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On this installment of Blank Slate, Travis and Slavik teach us how to simply and effectively light an interview with the help of a natural light source.
While outlining the basics, Travis and Slavik remind us to keep a couple of points in mind:
- Balance you light sources so the subject appears natural and three dimensional - you will want at least a key light and a fill light, but may need more to create a dynamic appearance and separate your subject from the background
- Select the right color and tone of light for your set up
- Light stands and clamps make any lighting job easier because basic lights can be adjusted to many locations and scenarios
I’ll add a few other ideas and suggestions:
- The lighting setup should match the tone and feel of the overall video: keep it casual if you can, but use lighting to create formal settings if your video requires it.
- If you want a formal feel to your lighting and interview, consider the traditional three point lighting set up. Here are two tutorials to get you started:
- Test your camera with a few lighting set ups to make sure it can capture a range of situations, particularly low light and natural light if you want to go that route.
- Reflectors are a light and easy way to manipulate light
- Natural light can change quickly so come prepared to add additional light from other sources
- If using natural light, early or late in the day will be best. Full sunlight can often be too harsh. Lighting should be soft.