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 | November 13, 2017

Watch live as Canon sponsors a flash photography seminar, Livestream Learn hosts a Livestreaming for Education Webinar and Q&A, and Paul Simon joins biologist and conservationist E.O. Wilson at 92nd Street Y.


Podcast Mixtape: WNYC Studios Presents Black Folks | The Greene Space
Monday, November 13
7 PM ET
“On the show: Eve Ewing, writer and sociologist of race and education, singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin, The New Yorker‘s Alexis Okeowo, Jay Smooth, host of the Ill Doctrine videoblog, and filmmaker/performance artist Jamal Lewis.”

Read Aloud: 2017 National Book Awards Teen Press Conference | 92nd Street Y
Tuesday, November 14
10:30 AM ET
“The National Book Awards Teen Press Conference brings the excitement of the most prestigious literary award in the country to New York City’s middle and high school students.”

John Banville | Mrs. Osmond | Author Events
Tuesday, November 14
7:30 PM ET
“In Mrs. Osmond, John Banville broadens the story of the titular heroine of Henry James’s The Portrait of a Lady into intense, subtle, thrilling new realms.”

Flash Photography for the Beginner, Sponsored by Canon | bheventspace
Wednesday, November 15
1 PM ET
“Confused about flash photography? You’re not alone! These small flash units are some of the most versatile tools a photographer can have at their fingertips yet many people stay clear of them because of the misunderstanding of how they work or how Speedlites can improve the look of their photography.”

Livestreaming for Education: Live Q&A With Harvard-Westlake School | Livestream Learn
Wednesday, November 15
1:30 PM ET
“Harvard-Westlake High School’s live sports broadcasts outpace those of most colleges or even professional leagues. Learn how this school has used live video to reach their community and grow donations.”

The Business of Curves | The Fashion Institute of Technology
Wednesday, November 15
6 PM ET
“This groundbreaking event will highlight the extraordinary growth and expansion of the plus-size fashion marketplace.”

JLCO Family Concert: Who is Benny Goodman? | Jazz at Lincoln Center
Friday, November 17
4:30 PM ET
“Through live musical performances and entertaining storytelling, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will share Benny Goodman’s joyful music and inspiring story.”

E.O. Wilson and Paul Simon in Conversation: Life, Creativity and the Future of the Planet | 92nd Street Y
Sunday, November 19
3 PM ET
“Famed biologist and conservationist E. O. Wilson is joined by his friend, legendary musician/songwriter Paul Simon, for a wide-ranging conversation about life on Earth, the intersection of science, humanities and the arts, and his newest work, The Origins of Creativity.”