September 11


Learn Stage Lighting Podcast Episode 33This week’s Episode I’m excited to dive in and discuss Lighting for a Video. I’ll break down the meanings of Color Temperature, Color Quality, and Histograms.

Lighting News (1:15)

This week in Lighting News, I wanted to share an article I read in the PLSN Magazine.

Brad Schiller writes the Feeding the Machine segment and I really enjoy what he writes. This month he wrote about finding the Perfect Position in Lighting. He dives in and shares some great suggestions on Focus, Position, and great tools to use when positioning your lights. Be sure to check it out here:

The Perfect Position – PLSN Magazine

Main Segment (3:55)

This is part 1 of our Lighting for Video series. In this episode, we’re going to discuss Color Temperature, Quality and Histograms.

In this day and age, everyone has access to cameras. Whether it’s on someone’s phone or those who own an actual camera. People have the ability to take pictures of your work so in a way it reminds you to always be aware of how things look on camera or video.

Kelvin Measurement

Kelvin is a type of measurement in lighting. The dictionary definition is: the primary unit of temperature measurement in the physical sciences, but is often used in conjunction with the degree Celsius, which has the same magnitude.

What is Color Temperature?

When discussing color temperature the basic definition is how yellow or blue our light is. This is expressed in a range of temperatures called, Kelvin.

When we’re looking at different lights in Kelvin, we’re looking for something between 2700k to 6500k in general. 6500k is the bluer end and the 2700k is the warmer end.

Our eyes generally can adapt to different temperatures in lighting but something to remember is that cameras cannot.

Some cameras have the option to dial into a certain color temperature. When you’re lighting for a video you want to try to make sure the color temperature match unless you’re looking to set up a certain effect.

Color Quality

When working with LED’s and Incandescents really can make or break the color quality for your video. Some Incandescents, even old style, have really great color quality. Whereas some newer LED’s have very poor color quality.

When working with a stage you may not consider the fabrics or the way people look in the video but it is important to pay attention to how things look on video as opposed to in person.

Color quality is measured as CRI which is ideal for measuring Incandescents.

When you do get your lights on a camera you want to make your light levels balanced. This goes for anything that would project light. All of that stuff needs to match in Color Temperature.


Make sure that you have a good quality source for your Front Stage Lights. While looking on the camera you want to make sure you expose everything correctly as well as making sure nothing is over saturated.

Looking at a camera and using a reliable video source to make sure everything looks great on Video.

Making it Perfect for the Camera or Perfect for the Room

It’s very rare that you can find the perfect match for the camera and for the room. The key is finding the balance for it to look good for both.

A way to decide is which is more important to you and focus on that. But over time with minor adjustments, you can find a good balance for both.

Closing (14:35)

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