Behind the Blog: How I light my videos
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I feel a bit sheepish writing this post because I’m still learning so much about video editing and production. I’ve come a long, long way from where I started, though, and in case you are on this journey as well I thought I’d share a bit about how I light my set up for filming videos!
I never intended to be the one on camera when I had the idea to create hair tutorials but I couldn’t find any quality tutorials on YouTube so I decided to film them myself! I started by filming on my desktop computer. I didn’t know how to edit anything so I had to do it in 1 take without messing up. Talk about pressure!
Pretty quickly I upgraded to filming on an actual camera that I could prop up on my bathroom sink . During this time I still didn’t know how to edit so I continued to just do my best in one take. I then taught myself how to cut out clips that were mistakes, and learning that skill made my filming experience so much easier!
Years and years have passed and now I’m pretty pleased with my set up! I’ve learned so much about lighting, audio, and how to edit, simply by googling. I’ve never taking a class or had any formal training regarding being on camera or editing videos. Occasionally I’m asked how I learned and my honest answer is that I taught myself by googling everything.
My ring light was the first “pro” light I bought. I actually got some larger soft box lights first and those didn’t really do the job. I filmed many videos for years by only using the ring light, but I added a few high quality light stands to my set up at the end of last year and it makes a huge difference.
After seeing another videographer I worked with set up a light like this, I knew I had to get one. You can control how much white versus yellow light is cast, and how bright or dim it is. This is great for fill light or used in front of the subject for filming.
My ideal set up now is a bright, sunny day to fill up the room with as much natural light as possible. Then I’ll place the ring light right in front of me with the camera facing straight through the ring. I’ll create fill light from the sides with the light stands and usually twist them all the way to white.
I need a longer extension cord, but I also set my monitor on a chair and plug it into my camera. That way I can see what is happening on the camera instead of just using the camera screen itself. This is KEY to making sure I’m in focus since I’m doing all of this myself!
I edit my videos in Adobe Premiere Pro. I’m still learning so much about how to edit videos and if time allowed I would love to spend more time learning about how to make my videos even better!
The next part of video making I want to tackle is improved audio quality. Right now I’m using a Rode boom mic on my camera but I’m still fighting a hum or buzz in the background. I really enjoy the challenge of creating and filming videos, though the editing part can be a little draining. I’m glad I’ve learned how to pause or restart in the middle of filming so it’s easy to pick up from one sentence to another, but editing is always going to be my least favorite part of the job!
In this photo, the rug is old and I can’t remember where I bought it (sorry!). The vanity is out of stock, but here is a pretty option! The art is from World Market. The fake plants are from various places from Target to IKEA.
You can watch my videos by clicking over to my YouTube channel! Is there anything else you’d like to see over there? I’m always open to hearing suggestions about what kind of videos I can make!