Your keylight is going to affect the overall mood of your face more than any other light you place in your scene so experiment and make sure you are happy with the shadows it either casts or the shadowless beauty light it creates.
If you have huge dual monitors then you might think those would make perfect keylights but the problem with using your monitor to light your face is that the color and exposure of your monitor is always changing.
I decided to add a two more Profoto D1 Airs behind me hitting the side of my face from the left and right.
Adding these two lights gave me more of the sports/athletic look I was going for and helped tie my overhead light together in a uniformed way.
These three kicker lights are outlined in green in the image below: My final suggestion for creating interesting Backlight might be the most important.
One was a larger 2x4' softbox and the other was a 1x4' stripbox.
They were feathered towards each other meaning the lights were almost pointing at each other more than they were pointed at me.
What I didn't expect was all the emails, tweets, and live questions concerning my lighting setup.
So in this post I'm going to share my lighting setup with everyone so you can reproduce it with your video sessions.
However, next time you are hosting that super cool Google Hangout or Spreecast session, you might want to take some of these tips into account before hitting the Go Live button.
Tip One: Improve Your Keylight All photographers should be familiar with the term "keylight".
Now, I know what a lot of you are thinking, "I don't have the money or room to setup a crazy 8 light setup to make myself look like a video photograph!
" That's okay because you probably don't want every single video session to look over lit and super stylized.
I decided to combine my rather soft beauty keylight with some harsh rim lights to combine two different photographic genres.