Entire books have been devoted to lighting and many professionals have spent their entire lives perfecting the craft. However, with knowledge of the basics, you will be able to create quality videos. For a professional looking video, lighting makes all the difference. Natural light is not an option for any type of animation as it will change throughout the day and affect your image. It is important to look at your set as any director would look at a movie set. You need to control every variable. Therefore, for best results find a room with no windows. If this isn’t possible, it works great to cover your windows with paper or blankets.
When choosing lighting equipment, there are many options. The best way to start is to use desk lamps with day light bulbs. Position the lights on the set so that there are no shadows on you Lego set. When you have the correct positioning do not touch the lights. For best results, plug the lights into a power strip so you can control the power switches without having to touch the lamps.
When working with Lego, or any plastic material, it is important to remember that too much light will reflect off of the material causing “blowouts.” A blowout is a harsh white reflection that you will find in your captured material. One option to prevent blowouts is to put a diffuser over the lights. Though you can buy diffusers or gels, wax paper is a great cheap alternative. Just remember when securing the paper over the lights that it does not touch the bulb.
Something else to take into consideration when you have your lights set up, is where you stand when you take the picture. It is important that you choose a position where you will not cause a shadow in the picture. Also, try not to where a white shirt. Light can reflect off the shirt and alter the appearance of your captured footage.
Though a couple desk lamps correctly positioned works well, you can also purchase more elaborate light kits. There are many techniques for lighting, but the most important things to remember are to eliminate shadows and reflections. Take your time. Like all aspects of Brickfilms, it is the small details that make your final video that much better.