How to use continuous lighting & colored filters?

Updated: Apr 9

How to use continuous lighting and understand light within photography & filmmaking?

Watch the video for better context on our youtube channel.

The goal of the artist is not always replicating normality, but with magic, it gives the audience a projected illusion of life.

Once talking about focus on the last video, it came to my mind that light & colo rare a great base of photographic composition.

Keeping it simple, we could say:

_There`s no light, there is no photography. There will always be light, there will always be photography. = D

Lighting helps focus on your subject varying the storytelling depending on the lighting set of choice.


In the image below, only background lights or scenic lighting are on in the images, using 2 GVM LED lights with colored filters.

  • Background light [blue filter]

  • side light [purple filter]


Now, down below with the same setup lighting, we added on 2 white bulb lights inside a hazy softbox in the front. Using two lights Amzdeal studio setting.

  • 2 front lights - [no color filter]

The lighting set up of the image above is composed of


Here we added a scenic light, enhancing the background and the image itself, by adding an "orange" warm lamp in the background.

Now, with all filters off, keeping only the bulb in the background:

  • Here below the filters that have been used on the lights to colored the images:

We have also used this kind of filter when recording our #rainbowchallenge video. check it up on our youtube channel.

  1. Blue light gives color to the white wall; coldness effect;

  2. The filters can change the mood, depending on the choice of color;

  3. The orange lamp on the background will give a vintage feeling;

  4. The purple will make the coldness and brings a balance regarding the intensity;

  5. Hazy lights will illuminate the frond and key light and filling light.


The front light:
It should be slightly higher and at an angle to stop the reflecting if you are wearing glasses, and the angle will also change depending on your objectives.

For best results, turn off all other lights in the room that is not part of the production.

You can also control the amount of light that enters into the sensor of the camera by controlling the "camera basics":



  • ISO

APERTURE as below, the lower the aperture, the brighter images get as more light is able to enter the camera sensor, by trial and error you will most likely understand how to control your camera settings for the brightness that best suits your image.

Shutter SPEED as below controls how fast the diaphragm of the camera stays open, allowing more or less time for light to enter the sensor of the camera. Bear in mind that if the speed is too low, the image can start to have a blurry/ghosting effect.

ISO used to be referenced as the sensibility of the film on non-digital photography in the past. it works as a type of a "fake light" added by your camera, filling up shadows.

The higher the ISO, the brighter the image, be careful as high ISO might cause noise to your image. Image noise can be used intentionally in some occasions.

It is also interesting to know that ISO range varies based on low light camera capability. Most likely if the camera is able to hold high ISO with lower noise (grains) probably the price of the camera rises too.


It is very important to always keep in mind that all technics within filmmaking and arts, in general, varies within the perspective, message, and storytelling you want to convey.

Try experimenting with diffrent set of lights and let us know how was your experience on the comments below.

Next Episode we should be talking about composition!

Equipment used:

Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Standard Autofocus Lens:

Main Camera Canon EOS 6D:

Memory Card:

Velbon Tripod used:

The microphone used:

LED GVM Lightning - Continuous Led Lights: (it comes with a case and small stands)


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