October 4, 2014

Lighting breakdowns are my favourite way to learn lighting.  You just can’t help but pickup lots of tips and techniques, and see how the different lights work together. This week we’ve got some more setups, but this time using three lights.


Lighting is something i’m really trying to dig into, and this video is the result of my latest lighting exploits. I’ve put together 4 different lighting setups, which will hopefully give you some ideas about how to have full control over your lighting.  Placement, intensity, diffusion and gels are just a few of the things to consider when lighting, so it’s good to see how others work.




 pixaproHigh Power LED* pixaproPixapro LED100D
softboxOctagonal Softbox (for LED100D)
floFluorescent Light Fixtures (85W)* floFluorescent Light Fixture (85W)
 bulb85W Replacement Bulbs* bulb4 x PhotoSel 85W Replacement Bulbs
al5280Aputure AL-528S LED Light al5280Aputure AL-528S LED Light
lightstandLightweight Light Stand  lightstand2 x Lightweight Light Stand
 sandbagPack of 4 Sandbags  sandbag4 x Sandbags
cstandC-Stand cstand20″ C-Stand
reflector 5-in-1 Reflector (43″)  reflector5-in-1 Reflector (43″)
swivelManfrotto Swivel Head  swivelManfrotto Swivel Head
clipReflector Clip  clipReflector Clip
conviConviClamp conviConviClamp
gelsColor Gels Kit gelsColour Gels Kit
gafferGaffer Tape  gafferGaffer Tape
blackwrapBlack Wrap  blackwrapBlack Wrap

*exact model not available in US, a similar alternative. Not guaranteed to have same results. 


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Using one light is a great way to learn lighting, because it teaches you to be creative, bouncing light and using natural light to your advantage. Just because you have three lights doesn’t mean you should always use them! Here we have some more lighting ideas, including some product / insert shots. Again, hopefully just some ideas so we can all be intentional with our lighting, not just using key-fill-rim every single time!
This is the first part in a brilliant series that taught me so much about lighting. Seeing a professional work in real time, and the attention to detail is inspiring.  Caleb from DSLR Video Shooter brings a great video about his keylight setup, very good use of the C Stand and reflector diffusion. It was this video that helped me realise that little battery powered LEDs were not the best thing to use!


Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.

  • Ivan Sanchez

    Great job!! Simon keep going, your work its an inspiration!!