June 14, 2014

Lighting is something which seems to be forgotten by many beginner filmmakers, so I’ve put together four lighting setups which will hopefully encourage you to start playing with light!

Check out the full video right here:


From Left to Right: Natural Lighting, Key Light, Key + Fill Light.


From Left to Right: Natural Light, Rim Light, Key + Rim Light


From Left to Right: Key Light, Reverse Fill Light, With Diffusion.


*Fluorescent Light Fixtures (85W) Fluorescent Light Fixture (85W)
85W Replacement Bulbs PhotoSel 85W Replacement Bulbs
Aputure AL-528S LED Light Aputure AL-528S LED Light
C-Stand 20″ C-Stand
Lightweight Light Stand Lightweight Light Stand
Five in One Reflector (43″) Five in One Reflector (43″)
2 x Manfrotto Swivel Head Manfrotto Swivel Head
Gaffer Tape Gaffer Tape
Black Wrap Black Wrap
Reflector Clip Reflector Clip



One Light Cinematography
$1000 Lighting Kit

Other LINKS:
Product Lighting
Lighting on a budget
3 Point Lighting Ideas

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.

  • Sebi

    After watching this video, I spent at least 30 minutes on setting up lighting the way I wanted it for a test shot, and the results were incredible! Cheers for the video.

    • Awesome, that’s exactly what I was hoping for with this video!

  • Daniel C

    Hi Simon, i´m from Colombia, I really like your videos, I found it really helpful for my Short films. I wanted to ask you about the setup of the diffusion panel, how do you hold it ? Usually I hold it with gaffer tape, but it dont see really useful for lighting purposes