It’s more often the lighting, not the camera, that provides a professional look to video. Check out this video of our Executive Producer Vanessa Holding sharing easy lighting tips for any setup!

You don’t need professional lighting or equipment to give yourself a good light. Often the trick is just knowing good placement. Here are some simple steps to ensure you’re making the best use of your natural light:

Try to use natural daylight coming in from a window if possible or a well-lit room

A window is a good source of light, but be wary of moments when the sun is shining directly through

Avoid hard lighting or direct sunlight on your face

Facing directly where the sunlight is coming from will overexpose your face, making it look “blown out” with loss of detail

Avoid creating hard shadows on your face

If using a window with blinds, ensure that the blinds are not casting harsh shadows on your face. Move the blinds out of the way to have even light on your face.

Avoid being ‘backlit’ by a bright background that will overpower the light on your face

Avoid having a window directly behind your head, as the light will hit directly into your camera. Most video software (Zoom, Skype, etc.) will auto-expose the image, meaning it interprets how much light the camera takes in and raises or lowers the exposure (what you perceive as “brightness”)  as necessary. In other words, to deal with massive amounts of light hitting the camera lens, it will darken the entire image, meaning your face will suddenly look dark.

Instead, indirectly face the window to provide even light

Being near a window is best, but not directly in front of it in case there is harsh sunlight.

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