Dear Constant Reader,
It’s Friday again! Here’s your tip! Lighting has become so important as we spend so much time in front of cameras.
Soften harsh lights with a diffuser.
The theatrical solution would be to use a diffusing gel, but if you don’t happen to have one of those lying around, you can improvise. If you’re using an LED bulb, it doesn’t get hot and there’s lot of things you can use to put in front of the bulb to get a softer light– sheer fabric, a stocking, wax paper, &c. In a pinch we once used a white trash bag over a LED worklight.
If you are using a bulb that gets hot, be very careful with what you put in front of it. You don’t want anything to melt or burn. Baking parchment paper is a safe solution (thanks to Foxy Lexxi for the suggestion!).
Experiment with lights and materials to find an effect you like.