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ON TOUR EVENTS TALKS ''TV & FILM LIGHTING'' AND SHARES SOME USEFUL INFORMATION
ON TOUR EVENTS TALKS TV, FILM & WHAT LIGHTING EQUIPMENT IS NEEDED WHEN LIVE STREAMING AN EVENT.
Whether you're shooting your first-ever feature film, or your working on a television series, lighting is an essential part of the production process. Your lighting will literally set the mood for an entire scene. It can cast shadows over your protagonist's face, or you can use it to recreate daylight where none is available.
If you depend on streaming, the ability for your viewers to see you correctly will rely much more on the quality of your lighting choices than they will on the quality of your camera. Therefore, you ignore lighting at your peril.
However, there are so many different types of lighting that it's worth just running over the terminology, before looking at the specific lighting fixtures you might need to hire during the course of a filmmaking project.
+ DIFFERENT TYPE OF LIGHTING FOR FILMMAKING & LIVE STREAMING
As mentioned, there are numerous types of lighting. Some fixtures can fulfil a number of these purposes, whereas others specialize in providing a specific kind of light. So let's run over the type of light you'll likely need, before looking at the fixtures that provide them.
+ KEY LIGHT
This is as exactly as it sounds, the key light for your scene. It will be the "principal" light responsible for illuminating most, if not all of your set. As you might have guessed, this will light up the actor(s) in the scene, or the person presenting if you're in a live stream scenario.
+ FILL LIGHTING
The issue with a key light? It's going to create shadows no how you position it or the type of fixture you use. That's where fill lights come in, they almost "fill in the blanks" as it were, lighting the shadows left by the key light. You would often position a fill light opposite a key light, and it's usually much subtler.
A backlight hits the actor or subject of the camera from behind and is usually placed higher than the object it is lighting. In most instances, a backlight is used to separate an actor from a dark background. It also helps them to look less two-dimensional when set against dark backdrops.
Another type of lighting that isn't too hard to decipher; these light sources come in from the side, parallel to the actor in question. This is often used to create a certain dramatic mood and is more common in noir-style cinematography.
Of course, this is usually the natural daylight provided by the sun. However, many environments require lighting fixtures to recreate the real thing. This effect is generally achieved by placing a device over a bright lighting fixture (such as a softbox), or by pointing it at a screen and "bouncing" the light into the camera shot.
With the types of light covered, let's take a closer look at the styles of fixtures you'll likely be using on set or behind the screen.
+LED LIGHTING FIXTURES
It comes as no surprise that LED fixtures will dominate your initial lighting choices. Just as is the case with stage lighting, the sheer versatility of these devices means that they'll feature prominently.
For instance, just one of the LED fixtures we provide (the ARRI Orbiter) is capable of producing key light, fill light, and softer light when attached to a dome or softbox (perfect for lighting faces). That's without even mentioning the massive array of colours they can emit too.
As the name suggests, these are lighting fixtures dedicated to creating daylight. They come with extremely powerful lamps that are balanced to the specific colour temperature of (5,600 to 6,000k), which is perfect for balancing natural daylight.
These fixtures are those powered by tungsten bulbs which heat up and give off an orange-tinged light at a colour temperature of around 3,200k. They are often paired with a Fresnel lens for controlling the beam of light.
These lights are specifically designed for throwing soft light over a face or subject. Usually powered by LEDs these days, these are what you see leading YouTubers and live streamers using to light up their faces for their film and video productions.
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+ ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR LIGHTING A FILM, TV SHOW, OR LIVE STREAM
Those are merely a few of the fixtures we have available. You might also want to consider additional accessories such as barn doors, which are attached to lamp heads to control the spread of light from the light source.
You might also want to hire complementary pieces of equipment such as softboxes, reflective light screens (for "bouncing"), and several stands for you to mount your equipment upon. Either way, On Tour Events can provide what you're looking for.
We only provide ARRI, who is widely regarded as one of the best lighting brands in the business, and we can supply all manner of lighting accessories too. If you're unsure of what you might need for a live stream, for example, just give a call, and we'll be able to point you in the right direction.
+ CHOOSE ON TOUR EVENTS FOR YOUR FILM SET AND LIVE STREAMING LIGHTING
No matter what your filming, be it a movie, a television show, or a live stream, lighting is vital to your success. It sets the mood for a scene, provides the right light for the camera equipment, and ensures that the face of the actor or presenter is afforded the correct level of visibility.
Here an On Tour Events, we've been helping our clients to make the right lighting choices for events for decades. Plus, we're always available to talk you through your lighting options and explain the pros and cons of each fixture.