Filming: Lighting

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Let There Be Light!

It can make or break your production, yet at times it is often over-looked. Make sure you take the time to get the lighting right in your session. Nobody wants to watch an over or underexposed film, unless that's the look you're going for? Below are some of the different types of lighting set ups that we like to use during our shoots.


One-Point Lighting

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This is where only one-point of light is available. We've used this in the past and it allowed us to create a different type of atmosphere for our shoot.

Example: Shannon Saunders

Two-Point Lighting

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A two-point lighting set-up fills in some of the shadows that are cast on the subjects face. When shooting outside, we used the sun to act as our key and used a reflector to fill in the rest of our subjects face.

Example: JC Villafan

Three-Point Lighting

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Three-point lighting is an industry standard and it's something we use often for our sessions. Having this set-up allows the subject to be well lit and stand out from the background.

Example: Azu Yeché


Lighting Checklist



Where you place your lights is really important. Usually stands come packaged with the lights, but you want to make sure that your stand is sturdy enough to hold the weight. Height is important too, if the light is positioned too low it'll cast horrible shadows onto the wall. Getting a strong tall light is a great investment in your lighting set up.

Buy: Manfrotto Compact Stand Mini



Although your stand might be able to handle the weight of the light, you can never be too careful. During production people are moving around and mistakes can happen. One simple nudge on your stand and your light could come crashing down. Having a weight placed over the base of the stand is a great prevention for this.

Buy: Video Sandbags



If you get the right reflector it can do a number of different things. Not only can it reflect the light (acting as your fill light), but used correctly and it can diffuse the harsh light on your subject as well. Sometimes it's not in your budget to get multiple lights, having a reflector can help you save some money.

Buy: Reflector

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