Video Lighting Basics

Master The Art of Lighting in Video and Film to Produce Professional-looking Videos.
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Instructed by Dave B. Business / Media
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  • Lectures 13
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 12/2014 English

Course Description

Digital video has introduced all kinds of possibilities for do-it-yourself video and film.

Believe it or not, your videos can look almost as good as professionals without buying new cameras. The secret is in better lighting.

While broadcast television networks do use better quality cameras, the fact is the major difference between Uncle Joe's underexposed home videos and really excellent broadcast television pictures is principally lighting and exposure.

In this course, Video Lighting Basics, you get a crash course in the basics of video lighting, including a few tips to get around the most common problems you'll run into in your productions. You will learn how to use essential lighting equipment and techniques in order to accomplish desired aesthetic effects.

This course will teach you how to get the lighting perfect for any shot, in studio and out. We’ll teach you how to master the art of light rigs, so wherever you find yourself shooting someone, you can make them look great and produce a professional-looking video.

What are the requirements?

  • basic knowledge of video

What am I going to get from this course?

  • how to use lighting equipment
  • types of lighting to use
  • color temperature of lighting
  • learn about dynamic range & lighting
  • electrical requirements of video lighting
  • you will learn how to use essential lighting equipment and techniques in order to accomplish desired aesthetic effects

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in learning lighting for video and film

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Lighting Fundamentals

In this section we talk about what dynamic range is and how to match exposures for a camera’s dynamic range. This section demonstrates how simply boosting the ambient lighting levels can help to compensate for a camera’s dynamic range.


The output of a lighting instrument is a key factor in how a light is used. In this section we will talk about the output of lights and how to modify the output. We will look at a photometric calculator on Arri’s website to get an idea of the measurement of a light’s output.


In this lesson we will explore the effects of color temperature of lighting instruments. We’ll talk about a range of lights and what they will produce in the color temperature spectrum.


This section I go over different lighting sources (tungsten, fluorescent, LED) and what type of power they will need.

Section 3: Tungsten

In this section we learn about tungsten fresnels and how you might use them. We also look at a typical fresnel’s output and a mini-fresnel’s output.


In this section we take a look at tungsten spotlights. We will take a look at one of my favorite lights, the ETC Source Four.


Let’s look at a two versatile lighting instruments, the Lowel DP light and the Lowel Tota light. These lights are good examples of a focus flood and open face light. We also take a look at the output of these lights and talk a bit about safety.


In this section we look at a Lowel Rifa light, which is a great example of a super portable tungsten softbox. We also talk about the why you might want to consider tungsten lights in your kit.

Section 4: Other Lights and Gear

In this section we will look at a few different types of fluorescent lighting instruments and how you might use them.


In this section we talk some different LED lighting instruments. We will go over the advantages and disadvantages of these types of lights.


In this section we go over stands and accessories for lights. I will also show you some good resources on where to find accessories.

Section 5: Demos and Conclusion

Lighting Demos and Conclusion

It’s time for demos! We will look at a bunch of different lighting setups using all of the lights we showed in this course!

Thanks so much for checking out this course. I hoped you enjoyed learning about lighting and found this useful in making your videos look better.

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Instructor Biography

Dave B., Photographer, Videographer, Blogger and Entrepreneur

David is a Videographer, Photographer, Producer, Entrepreneur & Web Content Manager.

David started his professional videography & photography businesses at the young age of 19 where he mainly worked within the sport of snowboarding. He has since expanded his services and now specializes in business promotional content and a wide variety of other camerawork.

Dave's work has taken him to Africa, Europe, Cuba, most of the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Canada and all over the United States.

His clients make up a list of who's who of the Fortune 500: General Electric, Verizon, Costco, Sears, Ford, Coca-Cola, Macy's, 3M, AT&T, and Kraft Foods, to name a few.

He has also worked for ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, Discovery Channel, History Channel, A&E, and ESPN.

His aim is to teach individuals and small businesses ways to create better videos and photos.

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