Tip #5 – No need to stand in a spotlight to shine, flat lighting is better!
Tip #5 – Ten Top Tips for Lightweight Web-Ready and Smooth Playback Video
Welcome to our series of ten top tips for web-ready video
Top Tip Number #5 – Use flat lighting in a simple location
Well, this tip is no different – we have covered the best ways to shoot with your camera – what shots to avoid, how to minimize movement – and what to wear
But all of this will be for nothing if your set or location has bad lighting
Variation of light across your frame should be avoided – if you are inside, use large, multi-source lighting that gives an even wash of light – avoid single source lights that are above or to one side, such as desk lamps
If you are outside, try to find a spot that is lightly shaded to eliminate harsh glare – and don’t stand with your back to the sun – you will become a silhouette!
Whether inside or outside, you should also try to pick a location that is as simple as possible, the less colours/patterns your encoder has to take into account, the smaller your end bit-rate
If you are inside, five things to check for before you start filming:-
- patterned wallpaper
- cluttered desks
- ceiling fans
- posters or paintings behind you
- co-workers/family/pets getting into frame!
When you are outside, try to avoid getting any of these into shot:-
- busy traffic
- passing pedestrians
- rotating doors
- swaying trees/plants
- changing billboards
That concludes the five tips on reducing bit rate whilst capturing your content, the next tips will cover editing and encoding your video for the web