Lighting for webcam models
Everyone by now should know, that one of the most important equipment for video streaming is lighting. Lets talk about basics of lighting for webcam models.
How to get quality video. As more and more people process videos, the benchmark of production value becomes higher and higher. The importance of high-quality cameras and audio is self-evident, but proper lighting is also crucial. Lighting can help you show your best, show professionalism, make presentations clearer, and make it easier for people watching videos to express their opinions.
Use lighting to make the camera love you. People in the film industry often talk about how the camera loves someone. Yes, some people may not look so good, but they will look great on the camera, on the contrary, some people’s video translation is not good. Lighting is important to make the camera love you and make your appearance more beautiful.
Light-reflecting makeup. Those who spend money on a great camera are sometimes disappointed when the people in the picture do not look so good, so they blame the camera. But you can not ignore the basic principle of a good look in the camera you need makeup, and this is very different from using conventional makeup. Video reflective makeup uses small metal particles to reflect light, which covers discoloration, wrinkles and dark spots. You can even find reflective hand lotions, because when the camera is close to your hand, doing something like a product demonstration. Also remember that makeup is lost in the camera, so you need to apply more than normal by simply going out into the world. Use both moisturizing cream and foundation, and matt products are the best.
Use the right type of light. Rule #1: No fluorescent lighting! Bring in the light packs described later, and turn off the fluorescent. Natural light is usually the best place to start, but not always available and besides, often needs supplementing by other light sources—even the best video expert can’t make the sun move around. Incandescent lights have a low color temperature that flatters the skin and smooths out details; for lighting that’s closest to natural lighting and can be equally flattering to products and objects as well as people, halogen bulbs work well. For all-around versatility, low power consumption, and cool operation, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than white LED lights.
Wear the right clothes. Pastels, like gray, blue, green, etc. are best—avoid white and especially, red. Avoid contrasting colors for shirts and pants, because the lighting will emphasize one and get lost in the other. Finally, solid colors are best. Patterns, such as stripes, can confuse the camera.
The camera really does add 10 pounds. But often lighting is the problem, not the camera. Although you want a well-lit subject, some shadows are necessary to avoid flattening people into two dimensions. When adjusting lighting, always look at it through the camera so you can adjust the lighting to give as much of a sense of three-dimensionality as possible.
Orient yourself properly with respect to the light. Never have lighting behind you, because then your face will be in shadow. Light should not be coming from below, but from straight ahead, and possibly at a slight angle. If there are too many shadows, consider side lighting as well.
When working from home, certain lighting constraints exist that aren’t relevant for large office buildings—like size, and being able to store the lights when not in use. You also need to work with the existing natural light, which may help or hinder matters depending on the location of your windows, and your workspace layout. On the plus side, in a home office you’ll be using video mostly for conference calls and instruction, so you won’t have complicated, multi-person shoots. Your lighting will most likely be “set and forget.”
Businesses that depend on their videos to help generate revenue generally need more sophisticated lighting, and can invest more into different types of lighting for different video production needs.
Mobile Studio Lights
These are perhaps the most universal solution, and the simplest way to improve the quality of your lighting. Mobile studio lights are portable, easy to use, more affordable than most other options, work with standard wall outlets for power, and can be controlled directly at the fixture—no additional, external controller is needed. They can also accommodate inexpensive filters, gels, and beam-shapers to tailor the lighting for specific applications, or to create more of an atmosphere.
White Lights Are Your Friend
Colored lighting may look good in person, but your camera probably won’t agree. Most standard webcams and video cameras have a hard time rendering deeply saturated colors. Although they add an artistic flair when viewed through human eyes, dark purples, blues, and greens will often look artificial and obtrusive when captured digitally, and are very inconsistent when projected onto varying skin tones. This is why most digital content providers rely on variable white lighting for video shoots.
White LEDs usually come in three different variations: warm white, cool white, or variable white. Warm and cool lighting differentiation is measured by the color temperature, in Kelvin. The range of warm white light falls within the 2700K to 4000K range, and cool white in the 4100K to 6500K range. Warm whites more closely simulate the effects of natural daylight on skin tones, which makes people with pale skin tones more appealing. Cool whites trend closer to the natural blue spectrum, creating more neutral looks and accentuating darker skin tones.
LED light intensity is controlled by Pulse Width Modulation (PWM). The PWM rate designates how quickly the light flashes on and off. Lights at higher intensities flash on and off very rapidly, which our eyes register as a brighter light. At lower intensities, the light flashes more slowly, so the intensity appears dimmer. Regardless of the PWM rate, the human eye’s persistence of vision can’t see the flicker, but many cameras can. When buying lights for video streaming, always looks for lights that are advertised as “flicker-free” or “high PWM rate.” These lighting solutions are available in a variety of form factors, and can be mounted or hung using standard production accessories, such as stands, tripods, and floor reunions.
Those are some lighting basics that apply to almost any type of video production.