How-To: Shoot With Basic Light

At Stringr, we encourage you to shoot with whatever camera you have on you whether it be a DSLR or a smartphone.  No matter the camera, it’s important to pay special attention to lighting, as it is key to being a successful videographer.

Here are some basic tips to capturing well-lit shots.

When you are shooting footage with natural light, such as the sun, it is important to know where the light source is coming from and how it is going to affect your shot.  You don’t want to shoot with your subject into the sun because the strong back light will over power your subject, under exposing it.  Also the direct rays will create solar flares in your shot, washing out color.

Since you cannot change the position of natural light sources you will need to figure out the best position for you and your camera. Try to find an angle near 45˙degrees in relation to the source, to get balanced light and shadows.  If you have time, test all angles before settling on your final choice.

You also need pay attention to direct light and shadows, as the camera will automatically try to adjust to either one.  If possible manually adjust your cameras aperture to get the proper exposure.

Investing in an on camera light is a great way to improve lighting .
they are portable and can be set up on stands if you have the time.  The majority of on camera led lights have adjustable output levels and come with several filters that adjust to different situations, making them a necessary piece of equipment.

If controlling the light in your shot is out of your hands completely, like being on scene, adjust your settings and capture clear steady shots.

Remember, the best shots have the greatest chance of being downloaded.

Links to LED Panels:! (also available in a kit) (on camera & studio)

With a degree in Visual Art Digital Production, James Payne have been working with cameras since he was a young boy. With over eight years of video and photography experience he looks to further his knowledge and love for the visual world

One comment

  1. Stringr · August 16, 2015

    Reblogged this on THE STRINGR BLOG and commented:

    Check out this fantastic video guide to shooting using basic light by our in-house video producer James!


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