EASY Cinematic Lighting setup for YouTube videos (Just 2 lights!)

Are you an aspiring YouTuber or content creator looking to improve the quality of your videos? One of the most important factors in creating visually appealing content is the lighting. However, setting up complex and expensive lighting systems can be daunting and overwhelming. Fear not! In this blog, we’ll discuss an easy and budget-friendly cinematic lighting setup for YouTube videos that only requires two lights. Whether you’re filming beauty tutorials, vlogs, or product reviews, this simple lighting setup will elevate the production value of your videos and help you stand out in the crowded world of online content. Let’s dive in and make your videos shine!

Welcome to my guide on an easy cinematic lighting setup for YouTube videos using just two lights!

Studio Angles and Lighting

In today’s episode, I’m sharing the three different studio angles I use daily for my YouTube videos, all with just two lights. The first angle is the front angle, followed by the side angle studio shot, and also a third angle by filming towards the wooden slot. For all three angles, I use two aputure 300ds lights, one with a light Dome 120 centimeter diffuser and the other with a lantern diffuser.

Choosing the Right Lights for Your Budget

If the aputure 300ds lights are out of your budget, you can achieve similar results with lights that fit within your price range. The key is to focus on the principles and techniques I’ll be demonstrating in this article.

The Front Angle Setup

For the front angle setup, I position myself in the middle of my desk, using the long length of the room behind me to create depth. I use one aputure 300ds light to the right of me to mimic window light, with the blinds closed for better control. The key light is set at 36 power, with the atmosphere light at 31 power and 5600 Kelvin to match the daylight. For ambience, I also use a second aputure 300ds with a lantern diffuser in the back corner to create a bright overall look for the studio angle.

Adjusting Lighting for the Side Angle

For the side angle setup, I position myself against a wall with leading lines towards me for better composition. The key light is set at 39 power, with the atmosphere light at 65 percent to compensate for the blinds being closed. I also angle the aputure 300ds with the lantern diffuser to add brightness to the backdrop, creating separation and contrast when wearing dark clothing.

The Third Angle Setup

Lastly, for the third angle setup, I film towards the wooden slot wall to change up the perspective. I maintain the same principles of using the key and atmosphere lights to create a clean and bright look.

Overall, these simple lighting setups with just two lights can significantly enhance the cinematic quality of your YouTube videos. Experiment with different positioning and diffusers to find the perfect setup for your studio angles!

FAQ: EASY Cinematic Lighting setup for YouTube videos (Just 2 lights!)

Q: What are the basic equipment needed for this cinematic lighting setup?

A: For this setup, all you need are two lights – a key light and a fill light. You can use LED panels or softboxes for a more flattering and cinematic look.

Q: How should I position the key light and fill light?

A: The key light should be placed in front of you at a 45-degree angle, slightly above eye level. The fill light should be positioned on the opposite side to fill in any shadows created by the key light.

Q: What color temperature should the lights be set to?

A: It’s best to set the lights to a color temperature of around 5600K to mimic natural daylight and create a more pleasing and professional look for your videos.

Q: Do I need any additional equipment for this setup?

A: You may want to consider using a reflector to bounce some light back onto your subject and reduce harsh shadows. Additionally, a diffuser can help soften the light and create a more flattering look.

Q: Can I achieve a cinematic look with just two lights?

A: Absolutely! With the right positioning and color temperature, you can create a beautiful and cinematic look for your YouTube videos using just two lights. Experiment with different angles and distances to find the best setup for your specific needs.

I hope you find useful my article EASY Cinematic Lighting setup for YouTube videos (Just 2 lights!), I also recommend you to read my other posts in my blog at this link.

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