You have a plan, a background, a camera, a chair, and a person to put in front of the camera! You have everything you need and then you go to film… and the lighting is horrendous. It is just terrible! So you fire up google and search for 3-point lighting, only to find that good lighting is going to cost at least $1,000! And as much as we would all like to say, “$1,000?! That’s pocket change!”, in reality, most of us will be saying, “$1,000?! I barely have enough money to buy myself some chipotle.” But do not fret! I have found a video, by Adam Shearer, teaching you how to make DIY 3-point lighting for a whopping $26! So let’s get into it.
Here is what you’re going to need:
1. Workforce 250w Work Light
2. Laundry Basket
3. Aluminium Foil
5. Sheer Curtains
6. Leviton Outlet to Socket Light Plug
7. White Poster Board
8. Light Bulb
After you have acquired these super inexpensive 10 things, you are ready to build your key light, fill light, and hair light!
Step 1: Take your laundry basket and roughly cut a work light sized hole in the bottom. This is going to be your soft box.
Step 2: Un-screw the casing of the work light and put it throughout the slot you cut. Then screw the casing back on.
Step 3: Line the inside of the basket in aluminum foil and tape it in place. This is going to control and reflect the light.
Step 4: Cut up the curtains in order to fit the front of the basket. Tape them to the top. You can do several layers in order to be able to be flip up layers and create a dimming ability to your DIY light.
Step 5: Place this light to in front of you and angled toward one side of your body.
Your main source of light is done! 1 down, 2 to go!
Step 1: Prop up(with a chair, wall, box, etc.) the white poster board opposite of your key light. The light is going to bounce back and reflect onto the opposite side of your face filling in the shadows.
Easy! One more light to go until your lighting will be on point.
Step 1: Put your light bulb into the Leviton plug.
Step 2. Plug it into your extension cord.
Step 3. Place it behind and above you(of course, out of frame) to light your head up and give some dimension.
And there you have it! You’re dirt cheap 3-point lighting to make any video look like a professional video. If you want to watch a video tutorial, then check out http://stillmotionblog.com/cheap-interview-lighting/. This give you an in-depth tutorial of how to construct the lights as well as a guide on where to place them.