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Top 10 Tips for Interview Lighting

Updated: Jan 22

  1. Three-Point Lighting Setup: This is a standard method used in professional video production. It consists of three lights:

A person sitting in front of a camera during an interview, lights are behind him and the


  • Key Light: This is the main light. It should be the brightest and is typically placed to one side of the camera, about 45 degrees to the side and 45 degrees up from the subject.

  • Fill Light: This light is placed on the opposite side of the key light to soften and eliminate shadows created by the key light. It's usually less intense than the key light.

  • Back Light: Also known as a hair light, it is placed behind the subject, helping to separate them from the background and providing a three-dimensional look.

  1. Soft Lighting: Soften the light to avoid harsh shadows on the subject's face. You can use diffusers on the lights or bounce the light off a white surface or umbrella.

  2. Avoid Direct Overhead Lighting: This can cause unflattering shadows on the subject's face. If overhead lighting is unavoidable, use fill lights to mitigate shadows.

  3. Eye Level Lighting: Ensure that the key light and fill light are close to the eye level of the subject to create a natural appearance.

  4. Background Lighting: Be mindful of the background. It shouldn’t be too bright or too dark. A slight contrast between the subject and background is ideal for depth.

  5. Natural Light: If available, use natural light. Position the subject near a window. Remember to balance the natural light with your artificial lighting to avoid overexposure or harsh shadows.

  6. Control Room Light: Use curtains or blinds to control the amount of natural light entering the room, especially if it causes glare or uneven lighting.

  7. Color Temperature Consistency: Make sure all your light sources have the same color temperature to avoid mixing color temperatures, which can result in an unprofessional look.

  8. Avoid Reflective Clothing and Accessories: These can cause glare and distract from the subject.

  9. Test and Adjust: Before starting the interview, do a test recording to check the lighting and make necessary adjustments.

Good lighting can significantly enhance the quality of your interview footage, making it more engaging and professional.

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