Livestream Learn Recap: Lighting for Live Video Master Class

When you’re getting started with live video, it’s easy to overlook some filming basics that can improve the quality of your stream. We often see live video on Facebook Live and elsewhere that looks dark, grainy, and poorly lit. But 67% of viewers say quality is the most important factor when it comes to live video. When your livestream looks professional, you can attract a larger audience and more engagement.

Just like cinematography or sound, lighting is an art. Lighting for live video should be as much a part of your process as testing your internet bandwidth or streaming workflow.

On Livestream Learn, lighting expert Carlos Garcia joined us for a master class about lighting for live video. Watch or read on to learn:

  • What makes lighting beautiful.
  • How lighting for live video differs from lighting for pre-recorded video.
  • Live lighting solutions for every budget.
  • How to create a great live video lighting setup.

Lighting for Live Video vs. Pre-Recorded

Unlike traditional “narrative” lighting, which tells a story, lighting for live video is all about the content of your live broadcast. When you’re lighting for live video, you want to make sure your guest speaker, interview subject, or host are evenly lit and easy to see. It’s important to make sure that your lighting flatters your subject, and presents a clear picture to your audience.

Three-Point Lighting

One of the simplest ways to add production value to your live events is with three-point lighting. Three-point lighting is the foundation of all lighting setups, whether for a pre-recorded program or a live broadcast. With three-point lighting, you can ensure your subject is softly lit from multiple angles, giving your live video a nice, even look.

Testing Your Live Video Lighting Setup

Before you go live, you may already be testing your camera equipment, streaming solution, and microphones. When you add lighting to the mix, it’s important to build out time to test your lights as well. Setting up your lighting equipment ahead of schedule can save you time. Remember: when it’s live, you only get one take. The more you test, the more likely your show will run smoothly.

Lighting Live Video for Every Budget

Streaming technology has never been more accessible. But if you’re already investing in a livestreaming solution, you want to make sure your content looks professional.Fortunately, you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to add professional quality lighting to your broadcasts. The video below includes equipment recommendations for entry level, mid-level, and professional level producers.

Watch our Lighting Master Class webinar below to learn:

  • Key lighting terminology
  • Tips for great lighting
  • Equipment recommendations

This Week on Livestream | January 8, 2018

Watch live as CNET streams from CES 2018, Lena Waithe visits 92nd Street Y, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar delivers the Keynote at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Jazz Congress.


National YoungArts Week 2018 | Voice Performance | National YoungArts Foundation
Monday, January 8
8 PM ET
“The National YoungArts Foundation welcomes YoungArts Finalists to Miami for National YoungArts Week, its signature program held annually that aims to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and community.”

The Chi: Lena Waithe in Conversation with Charlamagne Tha God | 92nd Street Y
Tuesday, January 9
8:30 PM ET
“Lena Waithe is the Creator and Executive Producer of her own series, The Chi, a timely coming-of-age story set in Chicago’s South Side. Hear from Waithe about how she is making strides as both a writer and an actress.”

CES 2018 Day 2: Technology 24/7 | CNET
Wednesday, January 10
12 PM ET
” Samsung’s VP Alanna Cotton will show Samsung’s latest in mobile computing, and CNET’s Lexy Savvides and Vanessa Hand Orellana will torture-test iPhone cases to find out which is the toughest. Then, at 2 PM PT, Rich Brown will host a panel on Shopping and the Smart Home, and at 3 PM PT, Roadshow’s Tim Stevens will host the panel, Autonomous Cars: Getting from Here to There . ”

Jazz Congress Day 1, Session 2: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Keynote; Learning from Large Jazz Organizations | Jazz at Lincoln Center
Thursday, January 11
12:15 PM ET
“Bringing together artists, media, and industry leaders in the global jazz community. Watch the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Keynote at Jazz Congress 2018.”

Theater of War Productions: Theater of War | The Greene Space
Thursday, January 11
7 PM ET
“Join The Greene Space as they explore the visible and invisible wounds of war through Theater of War, a dramatic theatrical reading of Sophocles’ Philoctetes featuring David Strathairn, Amy Ryan and Brooklyn City Council Member Jumaane Williams.”

Benny Goodman: King of Swing with the JLCO | Jazz at Lincoln Center
Saturday, January 13
8 PM ET
“The JLCO celebrates a single landmark performance: Benny Goodman’s legendary 1938 debut at Carnegie Hall. In the country’s most hallowed classical concert hall, the moment was about much more than Benny Goodman; it was, in many ways, a debut of jazz itself, an unprecedented presentation of authentic jazz and racial integration on a stage of unparalleled prestige.”