Lighting Kit

Packing and General Use

The lighting kit contains:

  • 3 Lights, including bulbs
  • 3 Tripods
  • 1 Small Reflector
  • 2 Large Reflectors
  • 1 Boom Arm
  • 2 White Umbrellas
  • 3 Pairs of Safety Gloves

When packing the lighting kit, please ensure that everything fits snugly so that nothing breaks during transportation. Below is a side-view guide to packing the lighting kit:

When placing the lights on their stands, make sure that the tripod is fully opened at the bottom to ensure stability. Cross supports at bottom of tripod should be parallel to the ground.

Never over-tighten screws beyond a certain amount. This can damage the plastic.

The lights can become hot, please use the safety gloves provided.

Make sure cords aren’t suspended when plugged in as tripping on them is a hazard. Use an extension cord if necessary.

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3-Point Lighting Technique for Video

The lighting kit that we provide contains three lights. Below, you will find a guide to a standard lighting technique using one, two or three lights. Keep in mind that there are many other ways to light a subject based on the look you are seeking, but for standard lighting, these methods work quite well.

Key Light

This is the main light. It is usually the strongest and has the most influence on the look of the scene. It is placed to one side of the camera/subject so that this side is well lit and the other side has some shadow.

Fill Light

This is the secondary light and is placed on the opposite side of the key light. It is used to fill the shadows created by the key. The fill will usually be softer and less bright than the key. To achieve this, you could move the light further away or use some spun. You might also want to set the fill light to more of a flood than the key.

Back Light

The back light is placed behind the subject and lights it from the rear. Rather than providing direct lighting (like the key and fill), its purpose is to provide definition and subtle highlights around the subject's outlines. This helps separate the subject from the background and provide a three-dimensional look.

Guide taken from Media College.
Compiled by Adam Ganik, Multimedia Services in Lamont

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