The Importance of Lighting
some other features that we can talk about would be lighting. And lighting is sometimes as technical as settings on your camera because a lot of people think if I shine a light on it, great, I'm in a dark room. I'm gonna turn a light on the subject and it's gonna fix the problem. And that's not the case. You can go shine a light on somebody. If I just turn this light and put it on my face, I'm gonna look 10 years older. You're gonna see every flaw and tons of shadow and contrasts, whereas in the makeup video it's all evenly lit and smooth and glowy. A lot of times, when you introduce lighting, you introduced new problems and what kind of go into that when we're recording? But I do want to show you that there are affordable options available that all of you guys can get. These are studio lights that I got on Amazon, and they're like, I think this one's 45 this 1 65 or watts, but this one's equivalent to like 800 watts. So one of these is like hold onto these, um, that. See who these is...
They will cook you like a turkey. So you ask my production team. They just, like, slap himself in like I could because I know they're just going into our furnace for two hours when we're recording with these gets really, really hot, especially when they're shining in your face and these are sold on their own, usually in a in a pack, and then you can use them, purchase them on something like a light stand. And these stands air really cool and super multifunctional because a stand like this doesn't always come with a head, so you can use it as a photo backdrop. Like over here, you can attach a. Of course, I can't think of the name a light socket and then put your light bulb in it. You can attach a light ring. You can attach a tripod head on it. Very functional, but so something like this would be great for people who have really dark rooms. And you're trying like, say you're doing a craft video or how to video. Um, what people want to do is go and point this at the subject. But what happens? Don't say I want to do a tutorial of cutting this up, and I wanna have amazing lighting. So I'm gonna get the light post is close to pot as possible. So I have this light is shining directly on it. It should look amazing, right? Oh, I just totally clips my whole whiting idea with the camera. It's a problem. Total eclipse of the phone booth. Um, so I say that to you because I don't want you to be like I need good lighting. I want my videos to look like would be cake. I'm gonna go buy everything chyna mole on me. I'm gonna be so lit up like a Christmas tree. The city is gonna be awesome because chances are you could be taking away. But again, we'll get into more of like, the technical side of what happens when it's like, directly on you or what happens when you are just filling a room. But my cheese is I get these bulbs that are very bright and I'll problem up. I have, like, eight foot ceilings in their white and white walls. Still properties up all the way to the ceiling, Turn them on and it feel it bounces off the ceiling, the walls and my white floors, and it is a fill light for the whole room, so it almost mimics daylight. That's way easier for me. Technically, then toe Okay. Is it to close? Is that this touched Shut? No, too far back. And when you start incorporating multiple lights and only gets more technical more time consuming and that kind of plays into why it's so important to batch videos recorded more than one video at a time. Because once you get your camera settings right, get your tripod set up and you clean the one little section of your house that you're gonna recording because we all do that. And then you set up all your lights like that's 45 minutes or an hour, and then you're gonna recorded three minute video, no record a whole bunch all at one time, and then go change your shirt 10 times, totally a different day. So that's this is definitely one of my little safety tricks that I use t make my videos really bright and have that consistent. I actually intentionally like my stuff to be just a little bit overexposed because its distinctive doesn't mean that you need to go and do that. You can find things to do. Maybe you really over saturate everything. Maybe there's a gentleman on YouTube. My husband loved them, So you do like. But he records most of his videos in his car. He goes and gets fast food, and it does taste testing. You know, so many people on YouTube record from their collars. Yeah, but that's their point of view. And he knows the people like people watching his video or the people like him. Like my husband likes to get fast food and eat it immediately. So it's not always about having great perfect studio lighting. It could be that having something that's less than perfect could be the thing that makes your video more unique. And stand out. Um, this is really, really great for talking head videos and also for tutorials. So this is a ring light. The benefit of using a ring light is this figure. I mean, my face is here. I've got light from all angles, right, And it just makes everything look flawless. Downside is you're gonna get little alien rings in your eyes on, and if you wear glasses. It's just gonna be like extraterrestrial stuff happening and you're glad. But what's cool about this is you would have this on a tripod. I mean, you would have your camera on a tripod like this. I'm not really gonna do it. But the stationary like that, that stationary and then you record. And so this is not eclipsing your light, which is really, really nice. I've done actually did any nail tutorial where I totally laid this flat along a table and I did my tutorial on the ground like down here of my nails. And it was great. It was consistent lighting, and I was still able to get through this ring without blocking off. I actually have a video on the YouTube channel. It's called Pink Vibrations and Makeup tutorial, and I use the ring lighting, but it's off to the side. And so any time I lean forward to put makeup on in the mirror like half my face turns dark, it's like I hate it off, putting from off. Look how pretty scary look. Okay, well, so that's the beast of video of lighting is knowing like you're setting it up, and it looks perfect. But unless you're like mark your spot and you don't move, there's a good chance you're going to get out of that perfect lighting spot and you're the most unflattering lighting spot. When did I get eight chins? I don't know. Lights will do that also when you're using light. Maybe because my makeup background, um, you can also bring out a lot of flaws or like discolorations. And if you're using highlighters and contours with your makeup, I mean ah, highlighter on the ring light. You're looking plastic shiny, like really, really off putting glowy. So you might want to go a little bit more moderate on your highlighter or make sure that you blend really well because it will totally magnify all of that.