Lighting for Instructional Video

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FocusOn Learning 2017 Conference & Expo - June 20, 2017

Phillip Wade

Public Education Program Developer
Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Proper lighting in your video makes a world of difference in how your viewers perceive your product. But good lighting can be a challenging aspect of video production. Have you found yourself asking the following questions: “How do I know which lights to get? How do I determine the correct lighting placement? How many lights should I use? Should I buy or rent them?”

In this session, you will examine the secrets of achieving a professional look to your instructional videos. You will participate in an actual scenario of lighting someone on camera. In this exercise, you will learn how excellent lighting doesn’t have to be expensive; you can use many items from your local hardware store during this stage of video production. You will leave this session understanding that with a little creativity, proper planning, and the right tools, you can achieve stellar results in your next video.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to light instructional video
  • The basics of how light works
  • About the essential tools you need
  • What a three-point lighting setup is
  • How to light hair
  • What colors of clothing to avoid
  • How to soften skin tones
  • How to plan for proper lighting

Novice to intermediate designers and project managers.

Technology discussed in this session:
Fresnel tungsten lights, LED Ice Lights, stands, and Blackmagic production cameras.


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