How to Setup Easy Low Budget Lighting Setups At Home

Easy lighting tips

We must all produce high-quality videos for social media, YouTube, and other video streaming sites. If you are a content creator seeking the finest technique to improve your room lighting so that you can have a soft light impact on your body, here is the place to be. Continue reading the post for some useful advice.

That being said, if you’re shooting indoors, there are a few tips I’d like to give you on how you can get the best look possible with things lying around your house. 

Simple Daytime Lighting

So let’s say that you’re in a room where you have plenty of daylight coming in through a window. Should be easy to shoot, right? Well here’s the thing. If you have everything placed the wrong way it can look pretty bad. The good news is with the right placement, we can fix all of this. Let me show you how. 

Simple Daytime Lighting

I recommend placing your camera between yourself and the window. If direct sunlight is entering your room, you should try closing your blinds or curtains to avoid that harsh light coming into the room. 

Speaking of which I recommend you set your white balance to “daylight” or “shade”; this will help the color come through properly. Aside from that, make sure that you expose things right. You don’t want to be overexposed, especially if you’re a pale guy like me. What I like most about this setup is the fact that you just need the Sun to be up during the day, which tends to happen, and you just need a window and you’re set. 

But let’s say you’re in a situation where you’ve got some daylight coming into your room, but you can’t really use it as your main light source. That’s actually the case with our studio upstairs, so let me take you through how that works. 

Mixing Outdoor and Indoor Lighting 

So if your studio looks like it has no lights on. You should shoot videos where you have at least a window but If you can’t really put your camera between yourself and that window. There’s a bit of a drop-off and you can use your computer light. 

Mixing Outdoor and Indoor Lighting

You will get some nice edge lighting behind you, and nice and separated off of the backdrop, but if you are still not able to see your face clearly, how are we going to solve that? We can put a lamp into and you can kind of use it as a softbox. But if you don’t have something like that there’s an even simpler solution. Instead, You should take a regular lamp that in my case is daylight-balanced.

Finally, let’s take a look at a simple indoor lighting setup that you can use after the sun goes down. 

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Lighting Setup at Night 

So you have a nice dark room, there isn’t much daylight coming in to interfere, so all you have to do is turn on your lights and you’re ready to shoot, right? Not so fast you could shoot like this, and if you have OK lighting setup. You have got a few lights behind you and it’s pretty good, but In case you don’t have much light in front of you. We could also take another light of yours which is more of a spotlight and let’s see what it looks like we shine this at you. 

Lighting Setup at Night

A simpler solution would be to take light and just turn it around and shine it at the wall or ceiling right behind the camera. We now have a really nice soft light source hitting you; it will give you this really flattering look and not a lot of shadows. 

So it’s a combination of a nice soft light source in front of you like we’ve been saying before and maybe some lights behind us in this case to give us a little more depth and it gives us a look we like. 

So that’s a look at three different lighting setups that you can pull off in your own home. A couple of last notes I’d like to add are: Make sure to properly expose your camera, make sure to use the right white balance, and try not to shoot just against a white wall… it can look really bland and really unprofessional.

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Does this give you any ideas on how you’d like to light your videos at home? Let us know in the comments down below.

How to use Special Colour Grading in Kinemaster?

Kinemaster Colour grading

Color grading is a terrific technique to improve the quality of your video. If your movie has a lot of colors, you can add some color effects to make it more appealing. Kinemaster offers a professional color grading tool that you can use on your smartphone.

Today I am going to be showing you guys how to isolate color using the amazing tools in KineMaster. 

Colour grading using Kinemaster

Let’s get started. Look, guys! KineMaster got a new home screen design. Cool right? Once you are in KineMaster.

Colour grading using Kinemaster
  • Tap Create New to start a brand new project. 
  • Next you choose the Aspect Ratio.
  • Here you have several different aspect ratios to choose from, so let’s create a new project in 16:9 ratio, which is perfect for the video. 
  • Next select your video.
  • After selecting our video, we are going to KineMaster’s edit screen, where all the magic happens. 
  • Select the clip on the timeline, tap the three dots at the top left of the screen. 
  • Tap duplicate as layer. 
  • Once the clip is duplicated as a layer, we are selecting the Split Screen tool on the top right of the screen. 
  • Select the Split Screen option at the top right. 
  • In order to make changes to the clip color of the bottom layer, just simply select it, scroll down and tap Color Filter. 
  • Scroll down again and tap Mono.

Here we have many choices to pick from. You can use any color depending on what you want. Here we’re going to select the first option at the top right. You have the possibility of reducing or enhancing the color effects. We’re going to keep the color at 95. Cool, right? But maybe our video looks terrible and boring, but we’re going to give it a little bit more appreciative look. 

Select the duplicated clip at the bottom, tap the Chroma Key tool, and Enable Chrome key by tapping the button over here. We want to isolate the background and do some color grading to the person in the background by tapping the color, we’re going to select the color red. By increasing or reducing the color of the person, we’re able to isolate the background color.

Colour grading using Kinemaster

 We’re going to make the color adjust. We’re increasing the background objective to 65 and keeping the background color at 29. Next, we’re going to trim our clip. Select the duplicate clip at the bottom of the editing Timeline. Tap the scissors icon, then select Trim to Left of Playhead. Excellent! Finally, let’s select the duplicate layer.

Tap In Animation. Select Wipe Right, and down below we are able to adjust the duration time of the Wipe Right animation. Let’s play around our video now. This is how you can create stunning color isolation using KineMaster. Just like this. Then let’s save the final video as MP4. 

Save your project

Tap the Save button on the upper right corner. Select the desired resolution and frame rate and tap Save. Wait for a few seconds. Now with the updated KineMaster app, You can rename and also export my project as .Kine file. 

Colour grading using Kinemaster

So if You want to work on the project on other devices that have KineMaster with it and all the digital assets. First of all, tap on, See All, then tap on the three dots. Now let’s rename the project to color isolation. Now tap on the three dots again and select Export Project. This takes me to the iCloud drive where we can select the folder to store the .kine file. For me, I created different folders for my .kine file so that I can organize my files. Going back to the iCloud drive where my .kine file is saved. 

There are many options to which we can share my .kine file to. Let’s use AirDrop to share the project on youriPhone. When your other phone receives this file, it opens on the Kinemaster app automatically and you can continue editing here. 

Hope you have created a stunning video using cool colour grading effects. And we want to know your thoughts, your questions, your comments, and your concerns. Make sure you drop that in the comments section below.