August 18


Learn Stage Lighting Podcast

Welcome to episode # 106. Today we’re going to touch base on the effects of Covid-19, lighting for video, and how to make the most out of what you have.

Lighting News (0:44)

In the event world, everybody has really taken a blow with shows being canceled. Some have found different ways to utilize their skills and bring home income for their families. While others are having more of a struggle and trying to decide their next steps. I’ve definitely heard a little bit of both ends of the spectrum.

In lighting news, we just received notice that LDI trade show that happens in October has been canceled this year. Then, NAM, a music and lighting trade show, that takes place in January has been canceled. That was a little bit of a surprise.

Main Segment (3:32)

Today, I want to focus on lighting for video. It’s a topic I discuss from time to time and as most of us are working more with videos, it’s a good topic to cover during these times.

Whether it’s a live stream event or even an in-person event, there is most likely some sort of video that is going to be involved. The good thing is that doing lighting for video can be very simple.

An Even Wash of Stage Lighting

When introducing videos, we’re getting both up close and wide shots. The first piece of advice is getting a good 3 point wash for each part of the stage that you want to be lit. I discuss it more here: How do I Create an Awesome, Even Wash of Stage Light?

Video cameras are more sensitive and what we see on the actual camera can actually look very different than what we see in person. So, it’s important to try to make an even wash to help bring some balance.

Camera Settings

When working with the video, you want to change the exposure setting on your camera to manual. Some lights might reflect or adjust and when you have it set on automatic, the camera will automatically adjust and could make those on the camera look odd.

Color Temperature

There are a lot of myths about color temperatures, so definitely be sure to double check the information available to you. People may tell you that for video that you have to light with a high color temperature. Which is only partly true.

With color temperatures, it’s most important to keep it consistent, whether is low color temperature or high color temperature. Whichever you decide to use, just keep it consistent throughout your stage. A camera can adjust to either one as long as it is consistent.


Once you have the even light wash and the consistent color temperature throughout the stage, you then want to pay attention to the balance of your lighting.

For example, let’s say you have your front wash lights even and ready to go. Then, you add some LED’s to shine additionally on the stage. What you want to do is try to keep the brightness the same as what the front lights look like. These extra lights can create hot spots on your stage and really stand out in the video.

The best way to work with this is to set up a camera and play with the lighting. See how different brightness levels and colors will look on your video.

Closing (17:49)

Thank you for joining us today. There’s a lot going on in our world today and for some of those in lighting it is a very challenging time. My best suggestion is to keep trying new things, help develop your skills even farther, and keep pushing forward. We will get through this.

See you in the next episode!

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