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This One Lighting Change Will Make a Big Difference with Your Smartphone Videos

Let’s talk about lighting your DIY videos, and how making this one small change can make such a big difference with the look of your videos!

Hey, Angela here, from Video Power Up

Lately people have been asking me about lighting. So, either that they’re having problems finding the right light, or that their lighting just looks terrible. And I might have a quick solution for you. So, before I get there, bear with me for a second while I explain lighting a little bit. And I’m gonna make it really simple, because I am not a lighting technician or expert, I just want to make it easy for you to understand.

So, you have warm lighting. And we really like that in our home. It’s the yellows, the oranges, the reds, the moody lighting, and they are measured on a scale of kelvins. So, warm lighting is closer to 2,000 kelvins. And then, you have neutral or cool lighting, which is around 35, 4,000 kelvins, which is again, very neutral.

And then you have daylight lighting, which is around 55 kelvins, and it is blue. It’s a blue lighting. But what happens sometimes when we’re filming, is we have our overhead lights above going, that are warm, and then we have our video studio lights going that are daylight balanced, and when the two of them mix, it looks terrible.

Or, maybe you’re filming with daylight, your warm lights on overhead, and again, those two lights are mixing, and it looks terrible. So, what is the solution? It’s easy. Next time you go out to the store, look at the number of kelvins. So, here’s a box of lights. This is daylight balanced lights, and first there is a little thing here that tells you where, if it’s warm or not, but also it has the kelvin measurements.

So, these are 5,000. So, all I need to do is make sure that my studio lights and my overhead lights all match, using the numbers on the box. I hope that helps with your lighting.

If you have any other questions at all, post below, and I’ll be sure to answer them.

Thanks so much for watching, and have a great day.