Two Interview Lighting Tutorials That'll Kick Your Footage Up a Notch
So you’re getting ready to interview that expert for your short documentary, and you want to review your interview lighting technique. Or maybe you’re just looking for an introduction to lighting in general — where do you look? Check out these two interview lighting tutorials — not only are they a great review of the basics, but they each do a great job of illustrating just how every light can help shape the subject and tone of your footage:
The first tutorial comes courtesy of stillmotion, the folks behind SMAPP (which looks like a pretty useful filmmaking app for folks learning the ropes). Not only does this tutorial do a great job of illustrating a general lighting set-up, it does so while jam-packing key terms and concepts. It’s a solid introduction to lighting in general — from key lights to fill lights, to lighting ratios, you get a lot of great information:
The second tutorial is from Eve Hazelton and the folks at Realm Pictures (who are developing what looks like a really cool underwater fantasy project). What I like about this tutorial in particular is how it shows the many ways you can spice up the image with well placed lights in the background, and that 3-point lighting isn’t some hard and fast rule — you light to your tastes:
Interview lighting is a great place to start learning lighting — you don’t have to worry about the subject moving around, and you can really sculpt the image to your liking with a few well placed lights and accessories. Hopefully these tutorials give you some fresh ideas and inspiration, I know they have for me!
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