With live streaming sites like Twitch, YouTube, Chaturbate, and Live Sex exploding in popularity, and newer technology bringing down the cost of photography and video equipment, it’s never been a better time to start your own live webcam stream.
If you’re curious about what you need to do to get started, then you should know lighting is the most important thing to make sure your stream looks clear and professional. Here’s our tips for lighting to make your webcam stream look great.
You don’t need to have a professional camera to make a good video, a bit of light is all you need. And even though the quality of your webcam is very important, it is equally as important to have a clearly lit image. You might not think this is necessary, but having a dim scene when you’re filming will make your viewers dislike your stream, and will be a distraction.
Using a flash will make things a lot easier for beginners, especially if your lighting setup is non-professional and basic. Ring lights are a very popular and affordable option that works great.
How to Use Multiple Light Sources
The single light source is usually just fine for the majority of videos or live streaming, but for a more professional feel, you’ll need to use multiple light sources. If it’s brighter in your room you may need to use a main light source and a fill light for the room to make sure you have enough light to see.
You can put light on the camera to adjust for whatever you are shooting in front of. There are many ways to do this, you can use a reflector, bounce light from a reflector to your subject, etc.
How to Get the Best Light
Light is really important for camera work and has a dramatic effect on how things look on screen. When using a light on your webcam, you want the light to hit the camera and your face in a way that is flattering, giving your face the best possible lighting.
Your face is the most important part of your webcam’s field of view, so make sure to make your face and your body the focus of the light. Many models include a hot shoe on the top of the camera, so you can use external lighting with your camera to properly light your face.
If you’re looking for different light options for your webcam, then you should consider lighting kits or portable lights for your camera.
In this article, you learned how to set up a webcam that will improve your chances of getting views from the millions of users on Twitch, and grow your career in the future. There are thousands of tutorials online to teach you how to set up your webcam and camera system. If you’re curious how you can turn that into a profitable income stream, then check out our video course “Start a Webcam Cam Streaming Business”.