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 | March 19, 2018

Watch live as Cleveland Cavaliers’ Larry Drew speaks with the press, John Oliver joins Nell Scovell in conversation at 92nd Street Y, and the Jazz for Young People series continues with an interactive celebration of Mary Lou Williams.

The Path Forward: Incarcerated America | New York Public Library
Monday, March 19
6:30 PM ET
“New York Public Library President Anthony Marx brings together criminal-justice-reform advocates from the right and left to discuss the complex of issues that our nation confronts when it comes to incarceration, particularly those faced by American youth.”

Mysterious Travelers Featuring Mike Kennedy | Author Events
Monday, March 19
“Mike Kennedy is a guitarist, composer, recording artist, and music educator. He has been performing in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic regions since 1989 and continues stretching his boundaries.”

Coach Drew Postgame Media Availability vs. Milwaukee Bucks | Cleveland Cavaliers
Monday, March 19
9:30 PM ET
“Cavaliers associate head coach Larry Drew speaks with the media following Monday’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena.”

The 3:59 | CNET
11:15 AM ET
“Hangout while CNET covers a multitude of stories from around the tech world. CNET staff will take your questions and comments in the chat.”

Nell Scovell in Conversation with John Oliver | 92nd Street Y
Tuesday, March 20
7:30 PM ET
“John Oliver, the Emmy-award winning comedian and host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, joins Scovell to discuss her recently-published memoir — Just the Funny Parts: … And a Few Hard Truths About Sneaking Into the Hollywood Boys’ Club.”

Fashion Icons with Fern Mallis: Iris Apfel | 92nd Street Y
Wednesday, March 21
7:30 PM ET
“Hear from this singular personality and visionary when she sits down for a career-spanning conversation with New York Fashion Week founder Fern Mallis.”

Cohabitation: Cities, Nature, and the Evolving Ecosystem | Hammer Museum
Wednesday, March 21
10:30 PM ET
“Examine the intersection of the built environment and Los Angeles’s natural habitat as the region prepares for a hotter and more populous future that can challenge the dynamics between urban environments, wildlife, and nature.”

Family Concert: Who is Mary Lou Williams? | Jazz at Lincoln Center
Friday, March 23
“The Jazz for Young People series continues with an hour-long, interactive celebration of composer, arranger, and pianist Mary Lou Williams. Families will learn the inspiring tale of a young woman who realized her dreams through determination, imagination, incredible talent, and a famously big heart.”