Archives For Lighting

Video tutorials on lighting techniques and principles.

Soul Searcher: 10 Minute Lighting Masterclass
Excellent low-budget lighting masterclass for movie making.
N.B. this video was shot “in the era of DV filmmaking” (2002), so lighting should be easier with current video and DSLR cameras.

Quote: “A quick guide to the principles of creating moody, noir-style lighting. Looks at everything from the best angles for your key light and the use of shadows, to how many lamps you can safely plug into one socket. For lots more cinematography tips and breakdowns, visit

You can view the entire 1:31 hour movie here: Soul Searcher

You can also watch a documentary on the making of Soul Searcher here:
Going to Hell: The Making of Soul Searcher.

Source: Neil Oseman on YouTube


Lighting for Video Series #9: Light Modifiers
Here dave Bode gives us some practical advice on the actual light modifiers e.g. a 5 in 1, ‘cookies’, moving blankets and black muslin.

Quote: “Get the most out of your production lights by using light modifiers. In this video tutorial we show you a few of the most common modifiers and how to use them on-set”.


Modifying Lights
In this video tutorial, Richard Harrington for Adorama TV, shows you how to further enhance your lighting after you have set up your three-point lighting.

Quote: “When preparing for an on-camera, professional interview, it is important to try to get the most out of the lighting you are using.  In this episode, Rich demonstrates how to get the best skin-tone, hair light, and background light by using different light modifying techniques. Learn how to use lighting accessories such as gels, dimmers, flags, reflectors, and cookies to get a great-looking interview…”

Source: AdoramaTV

Interview Lighting & Golden Hour

Film Riot’s Ryan Connolly explains how to set up a lighting scenario for an interview.

Source: FilmRiot

Basic Interview Lighting

Source: Stillmotion.

Interview Lighting Tips

Chuck Fishbein for Sony Professional, introduces some basic tips for lighting an interview both indoors and outdoors.

Source: Sony

Three-Point Lighting.

Source: Realm Pictures.