After you’ve been in the camming industry for a while, you’ll probably find yourself being an expert when it comes to camming equipment. Cam models have their preference for equipment, based on previous experience and budget. However, some basic things are a matter of need rather than want. One of those is the lighting.
Great lighting is fundamental for any cam model. You want that dewy look that makes your skin shine, looking delicious as ever? Then you need fantastic lighting. What’s more, you also need to set it up properly and make it work to your advantage.
Why lighting matters
Having great lighting isn’t just necessary because you want your audience to see you. Although that’s vital, of course, lighting also plays a significant role in how professional your show looks. Sometimes beginner cam models skimp on lighting, thinking that one shady lamp is enough. They even try to convince themselves that it will create an “atmosphere.” It won’t. By using poor lighting, you’ll only get a grainy, dark image. No one will pay to see that.
No. You want lighting that will make you pop. Furthermore, you need something that will trap the attention of your audience and have them yearning for more. To achieve that, everything has to be visible. Every curve, dip, and peak of your body has to be detectable. If you’re worried that too much lighting will make your flaws stand out — don’t be. Proper lighting will always work in your favor. Let’s see how to achieve that.
The ultimate setup — three-point lighting
Three-point lighting will illuminate you and your cam room in just the right way. This is a traditional setup. Most models use it, for one simple reason — it works. It eliminates all shadows, and it’s both effective and subtle.
Having only one light source will cause a lot of shadows, especially if you choose only to have backlighting. That will leave your body looking like a simple silhouette, and you won’t be able to show off your assets. On the other hand, having just one harsh front lighting source is also the wrong way to go about lighting. You need multiple light sources.
Some models use their overhead light as the primary light source. This is the key light, and it’s supposed to be the strongest. It should illuminate the entire cam girl’s room. Although an overhead light can work, a traditional three-point setup usually has the primary light behind the camera, diagonally from the model. The intensity of the main light should be the strongest out of all three light sources. You can use LED bulbs or go for the 300-watt equivalent fluorescent studio-quality bulbs.
The main light is vital because, as it shines down on you, it will create a lighting base. However, it can’t work magic all on its own.
Fill light should also be placed behind the camera and slightly elevated. Both the main and the support light should shine on you at a 45-degree angle. Support light is usually the one with the accompanying equipment. You can mount umbrellas, reflectors, or a softbox to it.
Why is support light so important? The main light is quite powerful, and it comes from a single source. That means that it will cast shadows. The support light will soften those shadows or remove them altogether. Fill light needs to be dimmer and softer than the main light. So, don’t go overboard with the super-strong light bulbs.
The final piece of the three-point lighting setup is the backlight. It helps cam models look more defined and sharp, and it also enhances exposure. The backlight can be a standard lamp you already have at home, as it isn’t supposed to be bright and harsh anyway.
The necessary equipment
Of course, the best thing to go for is professional lighting. You can buy a three-point lighting setup, with the appropriate equipment, and set it up yourself. However, most beginner models don’t have the cash on hand for that, and they prefer to invest in a high-quality camera or lingerie and toys. That’s fine — until you start bringing in the dough with your cam show, you can DIY cam model lighting.
Three-Point lighting setup can also be achieved with the lights you already have at home. You just have to make sure the intensity is right. Invest in some LED light bulbs. They provide stronger light, and they will save you from a monumental power bill.
Reflectors are very important, and even if you’re using your regular lamps, you should invest in them. You can choose from the available three types — gold, silver, and white. White is the best choice for beginner models. It’s basic, and it will diffuse and scatter the light, just like you need it to.
Silver and gold reflectors are a bit more advanced. Cam models use them if they are going for the spotlight effect or if they need warmer tones in their camming area.
If you’ve invested in professional lamps, you might as well bite the bullet and get a softbox. It will create a soft and even lighting. What’s more, it will reduce the shadows and give the illusion of natural light.
Cam model tips from the pros
As mentioned, the placement of all three lights can make or break your lighting setup. Slightly elevated and at a 45-degree angle is your best choice. Also, the light sources shouldn’t be too close to you, as that will make you look pale and washed-out.
Reflectors can change the atmosphere
Colored reflectors can change the undertones of light and, effectively, change the atmosphere. Gold reflectors will give out warmer tones, but you can also go for the colored ones if you’re making a themed show.
When strapped for cash — utilize the natural light
If you can’t afford a professional cam girl lighting, utilize the natural lighting and whatever you already have at home. Natural light can give you an amazing shot, but only if you are facing the light source. It will still cast a shadow, though, so make sure to have one or two backlights.