How to Light A Space to Shoot A Video Blog with a DSLR
Last night I stumbled upon an amazing tutorial made by DOP Eve Hazelton who explains in a clear and concise way how to lit a scene for a video blog shot on DSLR.
This couldn’t arrive at a better time as more and more (real) journalist friends around me expressed their desire to drop the quill and go in front of a camera to touch and capture a wider audience. Even though this is not something I am planning to do anytime soon (a nice way to say never, really) I found Hazelton’s tutorial the perfect 101 video to understand how good lighting is essential, even for something as ‘innocent’ as a video blog.
And of course, if you are planning to launch a crowd-funded campaign at one point or another or to shoot interviews, this will come handy:
Here is a visual recap of the steps mentioned:
BASIC LIGHTING SETUP
STEP 1: TURNING ON LIGHT 1
STEP 2: BRING THE LIGHT CLOSER TO THE SUBJECT
STEP 3: USE DIFFUSION
STEP 4: PLACE LIGHT #2, HAIR LIGHT
STEP 5: PLACE LIGHT #3, 3/4 BACK LIGHT
ADVANCED LIGHTING SETUP
STEP 6: LIGHT #4, LIGHT THE BACKGROUND
STEP 7: LIGHT #5, LIGHT THE GARBAGE
STEP 8: LIGHT #6, LIGHT THE STAIRS
Final notes in no particular order before ending this article:
- I don’t remember thanks to whom I discovered this tutorial, I am sure it was via twitter, it might be via Philip Bloom who is an associate producer on the project, but I’m not 100% sure, so my apologies to whoever won’t receive credits for the discovery.
- Eve Hazelton is DOP on The Underwater Realm, one of the most ambitious project I have seen in a long time: five short movies set entirely under water. It’s actually even crazier than that, but I invite you to click here for more details and to discover a project you have probably never heard of.
- The Underwater Realm ran a successful Kickstarter campaign that I missed and I encourage you to go and check because not only did they raise $100,000 when their goal was $60,000 (that only should convinced you to click here) but also they offered the best perks and updates I have ever seen in a campaign (which explains how they practically doubled an already very ambitious goal during Christmas Holidays!), and that is a great learning tool for anyone (and there is always someone) planning to raise money for their next movie.
check the archives for a taste of it.