5 Cinematic LIGHTING HACKS

5 Cinematic LIGHTING HACKS


[Music] Hey folks! Jordy here
for cinecom.net and welcome to tippy tricky Tuesday. And in this episode we’ll share
five creative lighting setups that you would see in music videos,
commercials or feature films. Today’s episode is sponsored
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the first link in the description below. The first lighting setup comes from
a request we got from Hamza, he has seen this videoclip
where they created silhouettes. This technique is also used
in many stage performances and can create some really
interesting results. You’re going to need a
tight white fabric for this. We’re using our diffusion frame and set it up in front of the camera. Behind that frame we put any light and in between goes your talent. It’s as simple as that to
create these silhouettes. Important is that you have
a hard light source though. If the light is too soft, it’s not so easy
to get sharp edges around the shadow, unless you stand really
close to the frame. [Music] The next creative lighting setup is
inspired by Taylor Swift’s videoclip “Look what you made me do”. From a cinematographer’s standpoint, it’s
definitely a music video that you should see. The lighting and detail to the different
sceneries are really great. So, in the beginning
we see zombie Taylor. We’ll not be creating the
entire background, but just focus on the lighting
on Taylor Swift. You wanna create deep
shadows under the eyes. So, we’ll place the
light high up, close to the camera so that
it shines on the front. The light has to be hard, so don’t soften it. This is very typical for
such horror scenes. Also pay attention to
the color of the light. If you’re using tungsten
like we do, you could also change your camera
white balance to make it appear colder. In the video clip’s example we see that the
light is aimed onto Taylor’s face and chest. This is done by cutting the
light using the barn doors. Try to make a cone and if you have a grid, like
we do in our soft-boxes, it’s a great addition too. If you don’t have barn doors on your lights,
you can also use cine foil to wrap it around it. This cine foil or black wrap was
also featured in our video about five film tools that you
should need under 50 bucks. And you can check that video out
by clicking in the card up there. The thunder is going to be
a little bit more tricky. You’ll need a way to turn a light
on and off very quick. You might think about the flash of the
camera, but that is a little bit too quick, as that will only leave
a stripe in your shot. We’re using an LED from Aputure,
which we can quickly turn on and off. It has a great response. We’ll put that LED panel behind the
talent on either the left or the right side. And on the oposite side,
in front of the talent, we’ll then place a reflector,
preferable with a silver side. If you don’t have this, you could also wrap
a foam board with aluminium foil. This will reflect the flash light and will also
illuminate the front side of the subject. [Thunder sounds] For the next lighting setup we’ll
use that soft-box with the grid inside. Now, the idea is to make your
talent come out from the dark. So it’s important that you
have a black background. I’m going to use a fabric for that and
trowing it over our movable walls. Your talent should take some
distance from that background, so that we won’t spill any
of the light on that fabric. It should stay black. The grid inside our soft-box will
make sure to guide the light more, so that it won’t spill too much. You can see it as having
many small barn doors. Having soft light is rather
a personal choice, you could also go for a hard light
if that suits the project better. Simply put the light to one
of the sides of the talent. Make sure it’s coming from
a little angle, higher up. But not too high or you would
create that zombie look again. Pay attention to the shadows
and how they’re falling. If everything went good you
should get this end result. In post production you might need
to crush the blacks a little more. Creative light setup number 4! Also used
in many videoclips or sports commercials. Take two LED lights and give one
of them a strong blue color and the other one red. I’m using simple gels from LEE,
which are pretty cheap. I’ll leave a link to their website
in the description below. Next, place each light
on the side of the talent. Make sure that they have somehow the same
output and are placed at the same distance. You could experience with the
height of the lights as well. we’re placing them at eye level
to create horizontal shadows. And this is basically it. If your skin tones appear
too unnatural, you could add a tungsten
soft-box in front and set you white balance accordingly. Make sure it only breaks
that blue and red color a bit and not take away the
entire effect of course. So, a little output is more than enough. And then the final setup
is what I call the hacker. Hackers usually sit
in a dark place. And if you have some props of
old computers and iron racks, you can put that in the background. For the lighting, we’ll use a single LED panel
in the back with a green filter in front of it. It’ll shine over the shoulder of the talent,
who’s sitting behind a laptop screen. Next we’ll lay a small LED panel on that
laptop and let it shine to the subject. You can also put your phone
in here with its flash light on. What we also do is wrap a blue
filter around the small LED light. It doesn’t always appear that way, but laptops
or mobile screens are always pretty blue. [typing sounds] If you do use a visible background, do keep it dark and stroke another
green light onto it from the side. [Typing and computer sounds] Have you seen an awesome
lighting setup somewhere? Let us know and we might
make a part 2 of this. So, make sure to subscribe. Thank you guys so much
for watching again. And as always… …stay creative!


81 thoughts on “5 Cinematic LIGHTING HACKS

  1. Hey guys I'm a smaller YouTuber but I have lots of heart <3 and I want your honest opinion on my channel.. You don't have to sub but please give some feedback, much love!

  2. How's this for awesome lighting?!?!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yd4jTwmdjIE

    No, honestly, I'd love some feedback 🙂

  3. I would LOVE to collaborate on a video. I make similar style content. Check out my channel "Cinematography Today" and get back to me. I may shoot you an email!

  4. Hey guys, I love it when you show some tricks that can be done on budget. Can you guys teach us how to shoot a cinematic look alike video with iPhone 6s?

  5. Hello,
    your videos have helped me enormously in my choice of video equipment, I choose the GH4 and GH5. It is the ideal device for landscapes, coupled with a Prores 10bits recorder. As a composer of film music, I make 52 films of one minute each, one per week over 1 year, following the seasons, inspired each time by a "moment"… I'm in my 30th week..
    A small example:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnKdSbg4T8M&list=PLyJKv2Zm61MU9vLhV_jXtv3UWZ99eCLmy&index=26
    I need followers !
    I'm still following you.
    Go on, keep going! Thank you

  6. Thank you guys you are amazing! A suggestion /request that you can show in the video-

    Lighting a product shoot for a car to get that cool metallic reflections n stuff..

  7. Hey folks can you guys copycat Rich chiggas music video glow like dat? Specialy copycat the spin around 01:40 and the camera movements at 01:35 to 01:40

  8. The Korean movie “No tears for the Dead” has an amazing noir style using the lights. If you can, can you make a tutorial based off of the movie

  9. I found that for a lighting look: Using a Light that is Always On and flagging it with something that you can move out of the way and back in really quick (piece of cardboard for example) works better as your movements won't be identical and precise (just like lightning) and the face of your actor will receive different accents every time. I find it more natural this way (and easier for those that don't have very responsive LED lights)

  10. im just wondering with the hacker why not just turn the laptop on lol also i was shooting today and i think people look past thier phone lights to often weather the actual screen or the flash light

  11. The lighting from creepshow was golden (not literally it was the best lighting ive seen) is there any movie similar to creepshow's lighting

  12. Thumbnail reminded me of the lighting they used in creepshow lots of red for scary jumpscare moments and blue for a midnight cold color it was one big thing impacting creepshow without it idk but they didnt add kt on creepshow 2 thats one thing i was concerned with in creepshow 2

  13. Very awesome we want to see more lighting Hacks, I have question in 5:5 minute, you used a soft box with redhead lamp how did you protect your softbox from burning because this fixture generate so much heat, kindly may you give link to the soft box used with the redhead fixture

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