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Introduction 

First, let us thank you for joining Jasmin community. This guide was made to help you find the perfect lighting conditions for your room and your wallet. We know it takes time to set up everything properly, so we would like to give you all possible help in the process.

Below you will be able to see various setups with different kinds of lights and multiple solutions. We will explain how many and what type of lamps you should purchase and where to place them in your room for highest quality.

With the Technical Requirements you can establish a strong equipment that will give the base quality for your video.

Also the Recommended Cameras help you choose the best option, making sure your feed looks perfect.

Lighting in general 

The main goal would be to have balanced lighting conditions in your room, which produce a high quality video stream without pixelation, blurriness or unnatural colors.

We would like to advise compact fluorescent light (CFL) with daylight balanced 5500K color temperature. Standard bulb lights have a yellowish tone and can create an unnatural skin color.

Never should you have any natural light in the room, as it will always have a negative impact on the video stream's quality.

Lighting setup is always unique in each case, where the room, the colors, the furniture all play a part in how strong the lamps need to be and where they must be positioned. Our guides below may not work in all scenarios.

Keep in mind that a camera requires more light than the human eyes, therefore you should verify your lighting in your video stream and not by how you see it in the room.

Pay attention to strong shadows. The closer you are to the background wall, the stronger your shadows will be. Ceiling lights, depending on their position and strength will create a nice contour around you, but might make your forehead and shoulders shine, as well as create strong shadows of the objects on the background wall.

Low budget Category

 Table and ceiling lights - $45 - $75

This category doesn't require professional equipment, might not give you the best results, but it is a good place to start. You will need at least two table lamps and a ceiling light. Each table lamp should have a minimum 32W compact fluorescent bulb, but be sure that you have the option of replacing them with up to 60W compact fluorescent bulbs. The ceiling lamp must be the same kind of bulb as your table lamp (minimum 32W), but depending on your room, you might even need a 100W compact fluorescent bulb.

2 table + 1 ceiling

Place the two table lamps on the far side of your table corners, facing towards you and a little bit towards the background. The ceiling light should be above and in front of you.

 

 

3 table + 1 ceiling

Place the two table lamps on the far side of your table corners, facing towards you and a little bit towards the background. The third table lamp should be above the monitor directly in front of you. The ceiling light should be above and in front of you.



 

4 table + 1 ceiling

Place the two table lamps on the far side of your table corners, facing towards you and a little bit towards the background. Place two other table lamps on a night stand or other furniture on your left and right side. The ceiling light should be above and in front of you.

 

Medium budget Category (recommended) 

Umbrella and ceiling lights - $60 - $400

This category requires some semi-professional equipment, which can give you professional results and can be used in the creation of stunning Fan Club and Contest content.

Umbrella lights are different from table or general lamps, because they diffuse the light and make it softer. Since they provide a higher output, they can light a larger space, depending on their bulbs' strength and placement. You can purchase umbrella lights individually or in kits from online stores.

There are several types of umbrellas on the market, but we would like to recommend the white (diffusion) or the silver (reflection) types. Silver can be used one way, with the light reflecting back from inside the umbrella, while the white can go through the umbrella's fabric. The silver type will give you a stronger, more direct light, while the white gives you a softer light.

There are umbrella lights with 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 bulb sockets, ranging from 45W to 150W for each socket. The number of bulbs and their strength required will depend on your room size and colors in it. If you are using a single socket light, start with 45W compact fluorescent bulbs but be sure that it can hold an 85W or stronger compact fluorescent bulbs if needed, otherwise use lights with multiple sockets.

We recommend white umbrella lights, since it will allow you to better light a big portion of your room. You can purchase umbrella lights with one bulb or even up to five bulbs. You can point the white umbrella towards or away from you, this will depend on how much light you need on yourself. Experiment with the setup, position, height, angle and bulb intensity of the umbrella light to get the best results.

Depending on the number of umbrella lights, their strength and position, a ceiling light might not be required.The ceiling lamp, if used, must be the same kind of bulb as your umbrella light's bulbs, minimum 32W, but depending on your room, you might even need a 100W compact fluorescent bulb. 

 

1 umbrella + 1 ceiling

Place the umbrella light in front of you, pointing towards you. The ceiling light should be above and in front of you.

 



1 umbrella + 1 table lamp + 1 ceiling

Place the table lamp on one of the far side of your table corners, facing towards you and a little bit towards the background. Place the umbrella light on the opposite side, at the corner of your table, pointing towards you and a little bit towards the background. The ceiling light should be above and in front of you.

 



2 umbrella + 1 ceiling

Place the umbrella lights on the left and right sides, at the corner of your table, pointing towards you and a little bit towards the background. The ceiling light should be above and in front of you.

 



3 umbrella + 1 ceiling

Place two umbrella lights on the left and right sides, at the corner of your table, pointing towards you and a little bit towards the background. Please note, that depending on the size of your room, you might need to place on of these side lights further away or use a lower intensity bulb. Place the third umbrella light directly in front of you, pointing towards you. The ceiling light should be above and in front of you.

 

High budget Category 

Softbox lights - above $150

For razor sharp video streams, you can replace the umbrella lights with softboxes and hair light. We have not included sample setups for this category, as buying the right equipment for your room and setting them up will require the assistance of a professional who has the right experience (photographer, videographer).

The equipment used in this category will be a great accessory in the creation of your Fan Club and Contest content as well.

Greenbox lighting 

To use this option, first you need a green screen.


 

When you have it, you can select the image you wish to use in Jasmincam, before logging in. Just click on the dropdown menu at "background" and select "browse". 

 

 

For the green screen you also need two extra lights directed on the green screen so there will be no shadows on it whatsoever.

 

 

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