Lighting Your Video
Without enough light your video will look like mud, it's as simple as that. So it's really important to have enough light when you're shooting. But you don't want too much light, either. You can't control every shooting situation, but you can make the best of whatever light is available with our tips below.
If you're shooting inside, it probably won't hurt to
One common mistake is to have a subject face the camera with his back to the light source. When the light behind him enters the lens, your camera
Figure 4.7. In the image on the left, the light is directly behind the subject. Position the light source in front and to the side of the subject for better results.
A light directly over a subject can also create problems, such as
Figure 4.8. Overhead light creates extreme shadows. Move the subject, or the light, for higher quality images.
Several of the principles that apply to shooting inside, also apply to shooting outside. For example, never position your subject's back toward the sun. Once again, your camera will try to compensate for that big ball of fire shining directly at it and turn your subject into a silhouette. On the other hand, you have to be careful when facing people toward the sun. You don't want them to have to squint to keep from being blinded.
Another common mistake is to shoot with your subject partly in the
Figure 4.9. The image on the left shows the harshness of direct sunlight. Indirect light can create a much smoother, more attractive image.
Framing Your Shots
Framing is what you do when you zoom in or adjust the camera's position to select the
You can move closer or farther from your subject in two ways: by zooming in and out with the camera lens, and by physically moving the camera. These two
Figure 4.10. In this close up from "Segue (Hiatus)," a video from his Taxiplasm Vlog about high school graduation, Brian Gonzalez zooms in from a distance to blur the background and focus our attention on a friend. http://guitseretni.