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Wedding Videography: Three Point Lighting

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Wedding Videography: Three Point Lighting

video synopsis by: Jerome J.


This video discusses three things the Basics of three point lighting, the Organization of gears and about Safety. Let us touch on the Organization of Gears first. It is best that you have an equipment case for your gears so that you can properly store them and the case should have several sections for each equipment to fit in. Before you go to the wedding venue it is advisable to check your gears and equipment. Try to test each one of them properly to make sure that it is all in working condition.


When you arrive at the wedding venue you must determine on what is the best angle you would be placing your lights. The camera requires a lot more light to process an image that is why we need to install lights for indoor footage of weddings.  For outdoor activities we do not need lights because it is sufficient in light, unless the sun is about to set. The three point lights you would need are as follows:


  1. The Key light which must be placed at sides of the camera at a 15 to 45 angle in reference to the camera, the key light is the primary source of light and it is set at the left side of the camera and about 20 degrees over
  2. The Fill light is the secondary source of light. It must be placed at the opposite side of the key light. It balances the key light by illuminating shaded surfaces and eliminates any shadows that could be cast by a person’s nose on the rest of the face.  It should be 50 percent less powerful compared to the key light. If your lamps have the same power you should place a diffusion paper over the fill light. To do this, attach a diffusion paper to the 4 doors at the side of the lamp frame with wooden peg and at the sides of the doors not at the front.
  3. The Backlight is the light placed at the back of the subject and it gives the subject a rim of light separating your subject from the background and highlighting contours. It is placed slightly to the camera’s right. For added effect you could use amber gel on the backlight this would create some nice highlights on the subjects hair.  For subjects with darker hair you could use stronger color.


You would take note of some tips on skin tone and hair color. For dark faced subject you would need a large soft light close to the camera this will spread on the face and will provide a nice even light on the surface of the face. You must avoid light colored clothing and bright backgrounds.  For light skinned tone, avoid very dark clothing and backgrounds.


For Safety purposes, the lights get hot quickly when turned on so you would need gloves to handle them. Cables and wires should be taped down to avoid tripping hazard. Equipment cases should be stored out of the way so you can work freely and avoid stumbling over them. After putting off the light, it should be cooled down before packing it into your equipment case.  So those are the tips for three point lighting during your wedding videography.

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