A "behind the scenes" look at my studio set-up for video shoots.
It's very glamorous, working in the video industry. Personal assistants, high tech equipment and sophisticated studio sets.
And now... back to reality.
For lighting, I currently use five clamp lights with 100 watt daylight spectrum fluorescent bulbs. I say "currently" because I'm always messing with my lights, in search of a better system that won't cost me a couple hundred bucks. Parchment paper clipped over the lamps diffuses the harsh shadows. Parchment paper is used for cooking (great under a frozen pizza!) so it won't burn.
I usually use a black background for my videos, I like the contrast it provides between my project and hands as I demonstrate. When stamping with acrylic stamps, you need a cushion or pad under your surface, mine is hidden under the tablecloth. The only drawback to my black background is that it absorbs light, so I have to really over-compensate with my lighting to make sure my video isn't too dark. That and the fact that every spec of stray glitter shows up, so I often have little twinkles of reflecting light by the time my shoot is over... even when I'm not making a project with glitter, the darned stuff manages to make an appearance.
This photo was taken just after finishing up the demonstration portion of two upcoming videos. As you can see, it's a messy process. Everything needs to be in reach but out of camera shot, so I have this little island of clean in the middle of a mountain of chaotic craft supplies. I'm trying to get faster at my production, so I'm shooting more than one show at a time, to eliminate the time-consuming set-up and tear down. On to the next step, re-lighting for my "talking head" portions.
Hope you enjoyed the backstage tour!