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

How Livestreaming Worship Services Can Grow Your Ministry

A pioneer in livestreaming worship services, Life.Church has come a long way from its early days of meeting in a two-car garage. Headquartered in Oklahoma, it is now one of the largest multi-site churches in the US, attended by more than 75,000 people with 27 campuses across eight states. On any given week, its ‘Church Online’ community welcomes over 225,000 unique visitors.

Founded by its senior pastor Craig Groeschel in 1996, Life.Church launched its internet campus a decade later, with a vision to provide a live experience for people around the world to engage in community at www.live.life.church.

Life.Church is a prime example of how you can start small and grow your community exponentially beyond your walls with livestreaming, and faith communities are discovering new ways to do so.


Worship has gone digital: livestreaming worship services

Livestream recently conducted a survey with our house of worship community and discovered some key findings about how they are livestreaming worship services:

48% of house of worship survey respondents say the main benefit of livestreaming is in growing an online audience.

#1 Growing a digital audience is the main reason houses of worship are livestreaming
Nearly half (48%) of survey respondents say the main benefit of livestreaming lies in growing an online audience. A sizable portion (28%) of respondents do it to reach people who aren’t able to make it to their physical locations due to sickness or distance. The remaining cite growing their in-person congregation (23%) and increasing donations (1%) as motivations for livestreaming.

#2 Houses of worship are streaming at least once a week
77% are livestreaming events and worship services weekly; 15% are streaming several times a year. Just 5% and 4% of respondents are livestreaming daily and monthly.

#3 Websites are the most popular livestreaming destination
66% of respondents are livestreaming worship services on their websites, slightly edging out social media platforms (64%) and mobile apps (28%). Our Livestream Enterprise and Premium worship customers have the ability to embed video players on their website to drive page views and traffic as well as enable donations through their Livestream account page. You can also simulcast to multiple platforms and promote your worship services with built-in social tools through the Livestream platform.

#4 Finding the right equipment to livestream is the biggest challenge
31% of respondents say finding the right equipment is their greatest challenge in livestreaming worship services, followed by reliable internet connectivity (28%), budget (27%) and training (14%). Larger churches may have a full production studio and crew but you only need a basic recording device and a laptop with a reliable internet connection to get started. For a checklist of what you need, check out our how-to guide: “Spreading the Word: Livestreaming for Houses of Worship.”

Besides livestreaming worship services, you can also share the good news in other ways…
Consider other opportunities to connect with your community such as streaming to your overflow rooms, sharing your study sessions, as well as celebrations like weddings, first communions, or bar/bat mitzvahs.

Find out how other houses of worship like Champions Centre Church and The Crossing Church are livestreaming worship services and impacting lives by increasing their physical and online attendances, as well as online contributions.


Watch our video below to learn:

  • What equipment you need to start streaming
  • Tips to increase page views and traffic to your stream
  • Best practices from three houses of worship