Hey, guys,I wanted to make another article talking about how to achieve a dramatic lighting. Look for your YouTube videos, as you guys see here. This is pretty dramatic.
We have the lights off. We have practical lights. We have some backlighting, some.
Out of focus areas. So it’s a really nice gray look compared to the standard bright setup. So we’re gonna show you step by step what you need to do to get this type of a look. As far as lighting and maybe lens options.
Now, before we go into each individual light and camera setup, I want to show you guys a whole picture of what our lighting looks like. So over here, you guys see our main lights.
This is a very large forty eight inch soft box. Nice and soft light. It’s gonna be our main key. Over there, we have a camera. It’s quite a bit away. So that we can get some nice compression with a longer lens. And then right on the side of me, you guys will see there’s two lights. This is access for the case and a little bit of a back light from myself.
Here we have, ah, one of the subjects. This is our case. I want it to be in the shot because that’s what we’re talking about. The second subject is gonna be myself sitting here.
And then we have another here or edged light right up there. That’s the kind of the main edge light that’s gonna be on my right shoulder. So let’s start off talking about where you’re going to place your subject.
As you guys see here, we have a table and it’s at an angle to the background.
And we have different objects there in the background with some distance between it. This is gonna give the effect of depth with different layers of objects.
And it’s going to look a lot nicer if you just set up a chair in front of a wall. It’s gonna be very flat and very plain and you won’t get a dramatic look. Now, here I have a computer on my desk because this is the second subject. It’s what I’m talking about.
And I’m going to be sitting on this stool and I’m the main subject.
Now, as you see, the computer case is actually two to three feet behind me and kind of over the shoulder because I want to make it look a little bit more interesting, a little bit more dramatic and has some depth between me and the second subject.
Now, let’s tuck the lens choice here. We have a crop sensor body with a 50 millimeter lens.
If you by a standard budget kind of DLR setup, it’s gonna have a kit lens is gonna be either sixteen fifty or eighteen fifty five.
But what you want to do is you want to zoom it in all the way because you get more compression with the background. It just looks better. Now this lens allows you to get down to F one point eight, which is really nice.
It’s gonna give you a subject background separation. So this example shot you guys see right here is using a kit lens and it’s at F five point six because that’s what the kit lens is limited to when you zoom in.
You see there’s a lot in focus and we have to have our ISO at a thousand, which is gonna degrade the quality. So here we have our settings at F five, six and ISO 1000.
Now at five point six is your standard kit lens and you need ISO 1000 to get a proper exposure. Since we have this nice F one point eight lens, we can lower down to F one point eight, which is the C makes the image very bright.
It’s going to give us less in focus because it’s so bright and there’s more light hitting the sensor. We can lower ISO all the way down to one hundred.
Now as you guys see the difference before and after, we have a lot less in focus, which looks nicer.
And we’re at our base ISO, which is gonna give you a higher quality video and less noise. So a pretty big difference, right? Even without adding any lighting, that makes it a lot more dramatic and it makes the shot just look a lot more interesting and more professional.
Now, the great thing is 50 mil lenses are really one of the cheapest and best bang for the buck options.
This lens for Sony is roughly about 250 dollars. If you have a candid camera, you’re really lucky because you can pick up something for about a hundred bucks or maybe one hundred eighty four Nikon.
So I’ll go ahead and leave a link of different lenses for different camera bodies.
And these are really the first lens you should buy after you get the camera with a kit lens and let you do a much more dramatic, nicer, more professional looking shot like you what you just saw. Next, we’re going to introduce our key light.
Now, Keila is basically your main light that’s lighting up your subject, and it’s the first light that you should introduce. So here we have a very large soft box and this is an aperture 120 D, so it’s a very nice LCD. I am going to link in the video description.
It is on the more expensive side, but is amazing light.
So if you’re just getting started, I’ll link a less expensive alternative as well.
So we’re gonna go ahead and turn this on and you’re gonna be able to see the difference in the shot without having this light. And with having this light. Now, this is a very powerful light.
So I only have it set to about sixty five percent brightness because it’s just so bright and so nice. Now you guys see it’s actually angled away from where our main subject is.
I’m not pointing it directly at my face because if I Dupain pointed at my face, it’s just gonna blast my face with light and having it at this direction. It hits my face or the subject’s face on the side. And it leaves a little bit of a shadow on the. Other side, which looks really nice.
Now, we’ve already improved the shot quite a bit from what we started with, but now we need to get it to a more dramatic look, which is why we’re going to be shutting off the lights. Now we’re going to introduce our hair light or in this case, more of the edge light. This is exactly what it sounds like. It’s an edge light.
And it gives you a nice framing on your subject. And it separates you from the background here. I’m using another aperture, and this one is a 120 t, which means tungsten.
So it’s a much warmer light. And you guys will see the difference on the subject before and after. It’s quite a bit of a difference.
And I only have this power at 35 percent. So these aperture lights are very powerful, like I mentioned. And I’ll link this in the description as well.
And here we have a frontal mount. And this allows you to adjust the beam. So we’re doing a more spot beam on our subject. Now, the next light we’re gonna introduce is this mini I can spotlight. It’s very inexpensive and it’s very flexible.
I absolutely love this light and I’m gonna be doing a review on it sometime soon.
I keep saying that, but let’s show you what difference this makes. This is going to light up some of the case.
And it’s also going to give me another edge light from this angle. The next night, we’re gonna introduce is this new word, LCD light with a tungsten filter added to it. This is one of the first lights I ever bought. It’s very inexpensive and it is quite wide.
So I’m a supplement. The spot beam with this wide beam. This is also going to light up the case. It’s going to separate the case a little bit from the background and it’s going to give a little bit more warmth on the side of me.
This has an adjustable level as well. I’m going to bring it down to about 75 percent. So not throwing too much light on our background. Now, the last lights we’re gonna introduce aren’t meant to light up your subject, but they’re called practicals.
They’re just light that are shown in the article that make it look more interesting, more dramatic and gives some more depth. So we have a lamp right here.
And then we have a salt lamp right here. So let’s take another look to how we started out.
Adjusted to a faster lens with less and focus and better low light added on our main key light. Then we switched off the lights, added in one edge light. Then another edge light. The lights up the case, a wider edged light. And then our practicals.
So quite a bit of a difference. Once again, I don’t have all these lights linked in the description and some alternatives to the more expensive lights that I used.
Hopefully this article helped you guys out and gave you guys some more ideas on what you could do for your videos to improve the quality and to make them more dramatic. All right, guys, let me know when you get started.
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