Contributors: Rencamo, StreamerSquare, TJtheXDroid

What to expect in this course:

Lighting is a wonderful tool to help maintain quality on your stream. Together let’s look at how to utilize lighting as a content creator, to add depth and professionalism to your streams.

Course Goals:

  1. Let’s talk about natural vs ‘intentional’ lighting
  2. Together we will discuss the personal and unique nature of lighting conditions
  3. Breakdown how you can use lighting as a reflection of your personality when lighting up your spaces
  4. Provide examples and suggestions for setups

If you want some more resources on or related to lighting, StreamerSquare has got you covered! Check out “The Basics of Lighting Your Stream” over on StreamerSquare, as well as our comparison of whether or not to use a native background or a green screen with chroma key.

Considerations When Choosing Your Lighting

You’re ready to up your production values for your streams, podcasts, D&D shows, etc. Where should you start? One option is to focus on your lighting. What’s a good lighting setup, why does it matter, what all does it entail, and what’s an affordable price for what you’re looking for? Let’s dive in to help answer these questions and ultimately ease the process of adding a bit more to your production value while being manageable for your budget. Lighting is often very unique to you, your hardware, and your space. Something that works perfectly for another content creator may not allow you to shine quite so bright. Experimentation and testing with your personal setup is key. Lighting Choice What kind of content you’re creating will make a huge difference in the types of lighting setups you should explore. A Lighting ExampleFor example, if you’re playing MMORPGs with your clan and merely have a small corner of your screen for your face cam, it’s likely you won’t need top-quality lighting. To that end, you might want to consider a standard webcam or a webcam with a built-in ring light; a camera setup like this may not be able to take full advantage of a high-end lighting setup, so this is a way to hold onto your budget in terms of both camera and lighting. If you’re set on using lighting rigs in some capacity, you may want to consider something that’s both affordable and easier to work with. USB ring lights, for instance, can get you started on a level that’s totally decent but doesn’t break the bank.  Once you’ve determined what kinds of lights and setups you need, it isn’t a bad idea to look at LED lighting rigs in order to minimize the heat which emanates from the lights...

The rest of this course is available to Accelerated Members.

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