- October 18, 2013 at 5:59 pm
I have these softboxes I got off Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002SCGY5S/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . I had umbrella lights before and they did not light up my face enough in the video.
The problem is I can’t stand on set and not squint. My eyes don’t look relaxed and natural.
Here are one of my videos where you can see me squinting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_LyUlv3oSw
Has anyone else experienced this? Is there any type of lighting that doesn’t make you squint but is also bright enough?
I was thinking perhaps the white screens on the front of my softboxes are too thin.
- October 18, 2013 at 6:25 pm
Possibly the diffusion on the front of your softboxes are too thin and possibly too small. If you have a couple of c-stands, try flying some larger, light diffusion out in front of the soft boxes. You will likely find this modification makes you eyes much more comfortable.
San Francisco Bay Area
- October 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm
Another trick that sometimes can help relates to the relative contrast of things in your field of vision. A bright light against a black studio wall is going to cause some strain. If the wall behind the camera is dark, try hitting that wall with enough light to bring it up a bit, and see if the eye strain seems reduced.
- October 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm
Thanks for the suggestion Rick. Any suggestion on what are some good light diffuser screens? I’m going to search on Amazon right now. -Kyle
- October 18, 2013 at 7:17 pm
For professinal gear you might want to use BHPhotovideo.com. But for light diffusion you could use shower-curtain liner you can buy at Home Depot or the like. Otherwise, a roll of opal. Others will no doubt have similar suggestions.
San Francisco Bay Area
- November 4, 2013 at 7:27 pm
At full power, you’re looking into the equivalent of two 1,000-watt lights (which is pretty bright, as you can tell.) If your camera can tolerate a little less light, try turning off a couple of the bulbs in each fixture. It also seems like the lights may be positioned just a little above eye/camera level – have you tried raising them and/or moving them out to take them out of your line of sight a bit? I use a softbox about this size for my key light and find that moving it off-axis helps my talent not be so blinded when reading the prompter.
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