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Talking Head: Lighting Setup

Talking Head: Lighting Setup

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Jimmy Chorng

Jimmy Chorng

Ceremony

Lighting

We recommend utilizing natural lighting as much as possible. This means recording by a window, or under a skylight if the building has one.

1. Position yourself so that the window is to your side and not directly behind you.

    a. This casts a shadow on one side of your face, but be careful that it is not too contrasted.

    b. Being directly in front of a window will create a silhouette, with the background brighter than the foreground.

2. Bounce the light. If you find that one side of your face is much darker than the other (the falloff), use a white posterboard something similar to direct (or “bounce”) the light from the window to the opposite side of your face. Photography reflectors are generally inexpensive.

In the examples below, the window is to the subject's right which creates a nice amount of falloff.

Below is an example of more even lighting. There is only a slight shadow, or "falloff", on the right side

Lighting for an iPhone

When recording video with your iPhone, make sure that your settings are correct.

  • 1080p @ 30 fps

We recommend always using the AE/AF lock feature of the iPhone.

1. Frame your shot, using any object as the subject in your place.

2. Tap the screen where you want the focus. When you get your focus point, press and hold the screen. AE/AF Lock will appear.

3. An icon will appear for exposure (sun). Slide up and down on the screen to adjust the exposure to your liking. If at any time you see the light fading, simply adjust the exposure to make it brighter.

Lighting for a Webcam

Webcams have automatic adjustments, but the same principals apply. If you place yourself in front of a window, the webcam will adjust its exposure for the bright window light, and will possibly under expose your face or subject.

Jimmy Chorng

Ceremony

Apologetically Californian.

Jimmy Chorng

Ceremony

Apologetically Californian.

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