3 Point video lighting
Basic Single Person Interview Setup. LowelEDU A Lighting Resource Center
http://lowel.com/edu/single_person.2.html (accessed August 8, 2012).

2 point lighting

The soft box is placed between the window and subject, set color balance to the tungsten light source to allow the walls to be a bit cooler. The viewers of the interview won't know what the real color of the wall should be but will know about what shade our subject's skin should be.The light is positioned to make our subject a bit brighter than the rest of the image. The light is set a bit lower on the stand than a traditional Key light, to mix with the light from the windows.

The umbrella light is just to the right of our camera to open up, or lighten, the shadows on her face. The distance of the light to her is adjusted so the shadows are pretty light but be careful to not make the intensity levels of the two lights the same. This would remove any contrast ratio, and cause the lighting to look flat. You want a brighter look, but still want some modeling on her face.

The primary spotlight is placed behind the subject and used to add some shine to her hair since there was very little ambient light coming from that direction. It also adds some contrast between her and the black panel we positioned behind her to hide some studio clutter.

distance lighting

HD can work in lower light levels, so you don't usually need to add more light to compensate for the added distance you are lighting from. And a location like this old theater shows the benefits of being able to use more of the ambient light of the location.

... with a wider image frame comes the need to light from potentially a greater distance, to keep the lights out of the wider shot.

3 Point lighting considerations
Portrait photography lighting tips. ProPhotography 101.
(accessed August 8, 2012).

3 point lighting

Hair light

The purpose of the hair light is to help separate the subject from the background and to add a little bit of dimension

A light coming from above (and slightly behind) the subject will add a little roundness to the shoulders of the subject and lighten the upper edge of the subject too.

This light is especially helpful in separating dark hair from a dark background. If the subject is dark and the photographer wishes to keep the background dark, this edge light will tend to brighten just the hair and shoulders, separating, but not overly brightening the subject


If the subject is follicly impaired (bald), you might want to turn this light completely off.

Subject's weight
These two images were shot under the same lighting . Notice how the body is lit in one of the frames and not in the other. This is a tool to be used. In which photo does the subject look to be thinner? Just something to kick around...

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