With many events moving forward with remote sessions or webinars as part of their programming for the unforeseeable future, the pandemic has encouraged many to invest in turning their homes into mini production studios. One of the first things to consider when looking to upgrade your physical space for live streaming is lighting. No matter the quality of the video streaming platform, if you’re dealing with poor lighting, you won’t come across like the polished, professional expert that you are. Here are a few tips to consider when looking to improve your lighting during your next live stream.
- Consider your space
When deciding where to set up for your live stream, it’s ideal to consider a space that will have ample room for lighting and recording equipment. Before you purchase anything, make sure to select lighting that can be easily set up within your space, leaving you ample room to move around and for other equipment needs (you don’t want to be worrying you’re going to knock over equipment every time you get up and down). Desktop LEDs can be helpful for those in smaller spaces while those in larger spaces can rely on and invest in larger lighting stands.
- Stay away from windows
Using a window to help with your lighting can be tricky. In most cases, you’re better off being away from the window and using artificial lighting. Direct sunlight is often too bright and there is no way to change the direction or angle of the light. Light sources should always be in front of you, not behind, so if you’re going to use the light from the window during your live stream make sure you’re facing the window and don’t have it at your back.
- More lighting is always better than less lighting
If you’re doing a live stream and are unsure of how it looks, don’t hesitate to point an extra light or two at yourself. Depending on your space, one lighting source can sometimes get the job done but having at least two will help create better video clarity, detail, and depth.
- Don’t rely on overhead lighting
Overhead light sources, like household ceiling lights, can cause shadows under your eyes and nose and make you look tired. Try turning off those lights and putting a lamp or two on your desk instead so you have lights shining directly on your face. If you are using one light, point it directly at your face. If you are using two lights, try positioning a light on your right and left side.
- Use a light ring
Light rings are an ideal way to get professional-grade lighting without being a lighting professional yourself. Light rings have the ability to decrease shadows and distribute light evenly, making them ideal for the close-up shot needed during a live stream. Ideal for those with limited amounts of space, light rings are easy for anyone to maintain, store, and set up. When setting it up, make sure to place the light ring directly in front of your face, helping to decrease shadows from appearing on your face.