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.

Also Read: How to Produce Professional Voiceover and Audio Recording

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 Produce Professional Voiceover and Audio Recording

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How you could pull off professional sounding voice overs in your videos. 

We’ll first take a look at a few ways that you can record your audio including FilmoraPro’s new voiceover feature, and then later on we’ll use some audio effects to get a good mix. Before we get into it. You should download the Filmora video editor on your PC.

Audio Recording Methods (Choose Correct Mic)

There are a few different ways you can record voiceovers for your videos. First, there’s the way I do mine: I use a condenser microphone which is plugged into a Zoom or Tascam recorder just like this. 

The audio gets recorded onto an SD card right in here which we can pop out and import right into my project. It allows you to record anywhere you want separate from your computer. That being said, it does get a little annoying sometimes when you have to change batteries from your recorder. 

A simpler option for voiceover recording is right in FilmoraPro’s new voiceover feature. This option is great because it allows you to record voiceover right into your FilmoraPro project provided your computer has a microphone. In my experience, built-in microphones on computers aren’t the greatest so if you’re recording with this method, i highly recommend that you use a USB mic from a brand like RØDE or Blue.

Assuming you’re happy with the mic that you’re using, let’s take a look at the voiceover recording feature in FilmoraPro. 

Record VoiceOver in FilmoraPro

To record voiceover right in FilmoraPro, first place the playhead where you want to start, then go to the media panel and click on “new” > “voiceover” In the pop-up window, select your input device, choose your input volume, preferably a level that doesn’t overload this meter down here, and click the “mute playback” button if you’re not wearing headphones while recording. 

Record VoiceOver in FilmoraPro

Finally, click this big red button to start recording. Once you’re done, click the red button again and it will be available in the timeline and media panel. If you want to learn more about this feature in FilmoraPro, make sure to check out our voiceover articles.

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Audio Mixing

Regardless of the mic or recording setup that you use, you might still not be happy with how your voice sounds. Don’t worry though, this is perfectly natural for two reasons: first of all, since we’re humans with skulls that reverberate as we speak, we’re not necessarily used to how our voices sound to other people. It’s extremely natural not to like the sound of your own voice. So if you don’t like the sound of yours, don’t be discouraged. The second reason you might not like the sound of your recording is that your voiceover audio isn’t mixed yet. 

Let’s take a look at some ways you can mix your audio in FilmoraPro. 

So we have recorded audio in the timeline, and the first thing I’ve noticed is that it’s really quiet.” This is because when I record, I like to keep my levels relatively low to prevent accidental overloading or distortion in the sound. We could simply increase the audio levels by raising this white line here, but i’m going to try something a little more sophisticated, let’s add the “compressor” effect. 

Audio Mixing

The compressor can do a ton of things including adjust audio levels, even out the loud and quiet parts of my voiceover, and prevent itself from overloading the audio. I’m first going to select the preset “radio voice“, then increase the input gain. 

We want to increase it until our audio levels in the meters panel gets close to zero decibels.” Next, i’m going to check the “limiter” box. This will stop anything from accidentally overloading. 

This sounds a lot better, though I’m noticing that my voice sounds pretty boomy. We can fix this by adding an equalizer effect and we’ll place it above our compressor in the effects panel just like this. 

I’m going to start by using the simple “bass cut” preset to tame some of our lower frequencies. and then I’ll make some further tweaks if I’m still not happy. The lower numbered frequencies are the more bassy tones, while the higher-numbered ones are the harsher treble aspects of my voice.

Finally, if you’re adding music to your videos, make sure that you lower or duck the volume while your voiceover is going on. i like to lower mine to about negative 20 decibels to be safe. If you want to learn more about the audio mixing tools in FilmoraPro, read more posts.

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So that’s a look at how you can do voice-over recordings in FilmoraPro. Do you have any other audio-related questions about FilmoraPro? Let us know in the comments down below.