7 Video Lighting Tips for Youtubers and Filmmakers

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DSLR Video Shooter : Sorry for a long video! I really wanted to have everything covered here. All tips were curated from helping tons of people with their setups over the years! Thanks for watching!

Daniel Schiffer : Great tips Caleb! What focal length are you using for your talking-head here? Looks great!

Vinh Dang : sick shirt!

Rob Gianelli : Finally...someone who really understands lighting. I see so many people just throwing a piece of diffusion in front of their light. This only really reduces the amount of light not the quality of light. Quality is determined by the size of the light source and the distance it is from the subject. I also like to feather my main light a bit depending on the skin tone. A darker skin can take more light. Just look at the highlights on the skin and feather the light until the skin “pops” but is not blown out. What a fantastic video..

Omar Sherief : There is too many V-Mount batteries on the market both the cheap and the expensive, which one do you recommend for the Aputure 120D ii to give me full power for a decent amount of time?. And thanks for the amazing tips❤️

The Inventar : Who found out that he is rocking MKBHD merch?

Benjamin Arnoux : I wish I wasn’t at work right now!!!! I can’t wait to go home and try this. I feel sorry for my wife and kids. 😂😂😂 They’re team players, though.

Jasper Zanjani : Fantastic, informative video. I wish I could have seen it before I bought 3 cheap LED lamps based on your recommendations from the other video. TL;DW #1 2:30 Use physically large sources of light, or makeshift diffusers to increase the size of light sources. #2 4:42 Use fewer lights #3 6:25 Think about light position: distance to subject, axis of light, and angle. #4 10:45 Try backlighting, especially outdoors with the sun #5 11:35 Use ceilings and walls as makeshift softboxes #6 12:36 Use gel filters #7 13:20 Get the ratios right: between key and fill lighting, and foreground and background lighting

David Roseberry : Incredibly helpful. Thanks, Caleb. Maybe this isn't your "thing" but I'd love to see some tips on how to use lights in outdoor environments.

Sue Tsugu : The MKBHD special T-shirt caught my eyes I had to watch it a second time to actually listen lol

Brandon Taylor : Hi Caleb is it worth upgrading to the 120d mark 2 if you have the original 120d? I usually shoot my YouTube videos at night and think the extra power might help me. Thanks and great video as usual!

Infinite Warrior Production : Do more lighting tips on field that will also be really helpful Caleb

Rod Parmenter : Have you compared the 120D M2 with the 300D? I recently purchased the 300 and wonder if I should return it for the 120DM2. Thanks!

ALXMNR : More lighting vids!!! I'm obsessed.

Alpha Phe Productions : These some Jedi lightning tips, awesome video Caleb!

RISHAV JAIN : Oh that shirt, I noticed when you zoomed out. Go MKBHD !

Nolan Molt : Great video, great advice 💯 I’ve started creating YouTube videos again and will be implanting these tips on my YouTube videos!! Thank you👊🏻⚡️

not4fun : I don;t think this auto focus is GH5......... what camera did you used this time?

SpryEnd : I saw the notification and went straith to this video ! niceee

Carson Wilder : Great tips!! Well done packing so much great info in such a small amount of time!

AmbitionZ VapeR : so how much distance from me to the backdrop should it be? like ft wise? hmm lots of value on this video!!!! man! i wish i could have you come to my basement and help me make it work!!!! ill pay $$$

BakeLikeAPro : Hello, the battery you have on there, doesn't seem to be included with the light ( is that correct ? ) if not, can you give me a link to the battery. Thank you. Excellent tut by the way, really enjoyed it. That light is awesome ! Mark over at the recipe channel on YouTube ( BakeLikeAPro )

Real World Endo : Caleb I was interested in this light but I learned they took away the umbrella mount on the previous version. How can you add an umbrella to this light? I would love to buy the 120D Mk ii but need an umbrella option. :(

AtomicAgePictures : While soft light has its uses, I actually much preferred your demonstration of the hard light. It has much more character texture and looks more interesting and the rather bland defused light.

Greg's Garage : Great tips as always Caleb,. I'm re-doing my set right now, so this was EXTREMELY helpful.

Chris Eyre-Walker : as always Caleb: All the good info packed into a great video. Loved this!

VFX Todd : Awesome tips, as usual. The Lighting Master.

The Enthusiasm Project : Dude, you are awesome. I learn something from EVERY video. Hey

DVZN Media : Hey Caleb, love the tips. Another great video.

Noir Et Blanc Vie : MKBHD shirt for the win???!!!

iupdate : Thanks for sharing these tips!!

Joaquim Gonsalves : Thanks a ton Caleb! Definitely gonna bring my light closer in my next video. Would love to hear your thoughts on my current setup. I really wanna get better.

ARORA Studios : Really like the way you explained this!

Rick Hutton : Love your channel! Thank you for all of your hard work it is very helpful.

The Transplant Helper : I’ve seen you talk about light before but you should know this was the best ever. Thank you for the great tips.

Tea Jay Photography : Backlighting works best with hair, so you (and me) got a problem here ;-)

Derelict Digital : Hey man! What is the best way to reach you for help? Like, I need help improving my YouTube videos, I think yours are awesome, so I'm curious to know how you would change my videos, thank you!

djTLMtv : Very helpful as usual! 👍🏽

AuthenTech - Ben Schmanke : See you at CES?

Laurent Fraigneau : Hi Caleb, Your video is great, not too long at all, really precise.... thanks a lot!! I plan to buy the Aputure 120d II and the F7. Could you recommend me some good stands?? Not easy to find out...

VintageLensesForVideo : Amazing video dude. Love Aputure lights too. 300d is my personal fav!

The Gidgter : Great tips for lighting, I was actually looking for something like this amazing! Would love to see next video about product shooting light setup.

FlipFilms : When it comes to all these expensive lights and aperture lights what’s the point? Arn’t their plenty of lights with adjustable color temperature, and a good CRI rating? Is what your paying for just the added crazy output of the light?

Curt Clement : I’ve been more interested in lights like this for photography. I like Aputure for the COB and being able to use my Bowen’s Mount modifiers. The only thing missing for me is they don’t allow you to adjust color temperature like the Came TV lights. I’m also looking for a RGB COB light that I could use with my Bowen’s modifiers. Otherwise would it be possible to put magmod filters over the LED on the Aputure lights since I have the magmod filters already?

Jess Catorc : This was incredibly helpful, thank-you! :-)

Tom Mcguire : Great video. I am just starting to experiment with video and building some kit up. Really fancy a couple of those 120D MkII now......

Gainzkhamun : What a great video!! Love this!!!! Really good job, keep it coming bro!

BeautyandCornRows : Can anyone help with my problem with videos? When i filming I notice that my videos goes dim and brighten back up and dims can someone maybe tell me why this happen and what can be done I have 2 umbrella lights and a ring light.

Muwex Tech : Really good golden tips, nothibg really now to mee but really good reminders! Good work mate thanks from me and for sure from everyone else also!

PERIKLIS TSINTZAS : Very informative and usefull video.if you would light a drama film scene in a wood cabin lets say for 2 actors,what would you use?One big light and backlights for actors giving them shadows?Or smaller light panels ?how would you set up this scene?