Perfecting the art of the interview. There are so many facets to what makes a great interview. Camera angles, lighting, microphone choice and placement, and that’s not even mentioning how to put the interviewee at ease! There’s no such thing as a “perfect” interview, but it’s one of my missions to get better and better at conducting and filming great interviews.
In this blog post we’ll deconstruct the lighting of a recent interview setup for the Calgary Opera.
The Key Light Setup
From YouTubers to Hollywood productions, the Aputure 300D Mark II is ubiquitous for a reason: yeah it’s affordable for its light output, but it’s also reliable and produces a great quality of light. No wonder it’s become an industry standard.
This fresnel lens not only allows you to focus the beam of light, but also intensifies the power, allowing you to throw light farther and giving you more bang for your buck.
Barn doors were needed to prevent light from spilling past the frame.
I own several diffusion frames but this kit is what I bring with me the most because it’s lightweight, packs down to a compact size (into it’s very-high-quality duffle bag), and requires only a standard grip head to attach to any stand.
This is the special sauce that makes the key light so great. Grids help direct the light where you want it, and this Snapgrid, while expensive, is super-fast to setup which is so important when you’re a one-man crew like me.
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I love this RGBWW tube light that allows me to add just a little kiss of light wherever and whenever needed.
Tiny and affordable, this bicolour light is always with me and adds just a little bit more interest to the shot.
Other Lights Not Used in this Interview but Also Recommended
This is the light I always bring with me. Sure it’s not as powerful as the 300D, but it’s smaller, runs for 45 minutes on a single 99Wh V-Mount, has a focusable lens and is bi-colour. Throw a simple shoot through umbrella to soften the light as a key light, or use it as a single-point rim light in the background. So versatile it’s always with me.
A bit heavier than expected, but being RGBWW it’s so versatile as a background or accent light. And more powerful than expected too.