Three Point Interview Light On The Cheap

It is probably no big wizardry to show up on scene with $20,000 worth of light and create a stunning lighting setup for an interview. Actually, even if you do own that much gear, you would still have to know what you’re doing, but this is another story.

Three Point Interview Light On The Cheap

It is more impressive to show up on scene with $26 worth of light and come up with a decent interview light. Of course, this is not something I would do if I had a paying client, but it is a great way to play and learn about interview lighting if you are a starving student.

This set up uses a 500W Halogen worklight for key.

Three Point Interview Light On The Cheap

Since it is a pretty hard light, they softened it with an IKEA metal mesh basket aluminum foil and drapes. It’s important that it’s metal and that it has holes since Halogen lights at 500 Watts can get pretty hot.

Three Point Interview Light On The Cheap

Three Point Interview Light On The Cheap

The fill is a dollar store hard board

Three Point Interview Light On The Cheap

And hair light is coming from a simple bulb on an extension cord with a Leviton adapter.

Three Point Interview Light On The Cheap

However frugality comes with its own price. It would probably take you more time to scout for materials, build the thing and of course set up / tear down and you should expect a decent amount of fiddling, yet, if you can’t afford pro video lights and want to experiment this is a great way to do so.

P.S. a while back we shared a different garage based interview lighting setup which may inspire some more ideas.

[How To Light An Interview For $26 via ISO 1200]

  • JordanoTK

    “””such arrogance in the photo world.. “””

    Oh, the irony…

    I’ve had lots of professional projects where I used similar setups. More often than not, not because of money, but because it was in some remote place (incl. third world countries) and I had to use whatever was easily available.

    Professional doesn’t mean you only shoot clients like Paris Hilton, with 20K lights, a 30K Medium Format and 2 assistants.

    Your comment reeks of ignorance (and bad grammar — and I’m not even a native english speaker).

  • Bob

    Okay, so this tutorial shows you how to make a keylight, but what do you DO with it? Where do you put it? What do you to with the hair light or fill light?