Three-Point Lighting Tutorial


Three-point lighting is a crucial skill for both videographers and photographers. In this video, Mia McCormick of Kelby Media gives a simple tutorial on three-point lighting for video. Learn where to place the key, fill and backlight, how to adjust them, and different ways to alter a standard setup in order to create dramatic effects.



Not only is the concept of three-point lighting explained, but McCormick runs through a few representative video lighting kits that will let you put these principles into practice. The tutorial weighs the pros and cons of using tungsten, fluorescent and LED lighting, and demonstrates examples of each type of lighting kit. 


Hi Nez G, 

The video should work now. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!

Hi DLF, 

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The video should be up now!

As listed above, the lighting options indicated in the video are as follows:  Impact Tungsten Three-Floodlight Kit with Stands, B&H # IMFL7508K, currently selling for $137.95; Flolight KIT-FL-110HM3 3-Point Lighting Kit - 3000K (110-240VAC), B&H # FL3FL110HMTK, currently selling for $549.00, or the current ikan iLED312-v2 3-Point Light Kit, B&H # IKILED3123LK (previous option listed in the video has since been discontinued; the above is the closest replacement), currently selling for $1,169.00.  You may find more information on these items by clicking on the links included above.  

wants to know what intensity of light needed the subject. how we knw that.and how we consider


How much light really depends on the exposure you want to use and ISO rating. The best approach is to try and have too much light as you can always dim it down with difusers and flags or by just moving your lights further away from your subject.