The Learning Curve of Twitch

I have news to tell: I have started streaming myself painting on Twitch. Twitch is an online platform where creators can stream content and viewers can watch these streams in real time while communicating with the creator via a chat box. Twitch became big through video game streaming and has since branched out into other categories. I am in the Art category.

In the initial setup of my stream I was presented with issues I had never thought of before such as the art of lighting, sound, and properly working computer equipment. Properly working equipment is essential. Using the built in camera and mic in my 2013 Mac Laptop Air would just not cut it. For better visuals, I bought the Logitech C920 Webcam. This brought the clarity I needed and made it easy to stream directly into my computer. I also borrowed a several year old microphone from my family. Even though the microphone is old, it does the trick for clean sound.

In regards to lighting, I staged my filming area to be opposite of the two windows in my room to prevent back lighting after my first video. My very first video was dark with many harsh shadows. The camera had a hard time recognizing the colors of my painting due to light changes. I also read up on the golden rule of three main light sources: key lighting, fill lighting, and back lighting. I was also blown away by how expensive professional equipment was. Professional lights can cost from $300-$1,000 easily. Some are more! So to get around this I made my own soft boxes with lights that I bought from Lowes.

Homemade soft boxes are easy! I found a tutorial on YouTube from The Geeky Ricky. I made mine a bit simpler since I did not want to calculate anything (I hate math). I constructed my soft box from cardboard, aluminum foil, parchment paper and duct tape.

Tutorial link: https://youtu.be/FCONVzE8XJQ

After many YouTube videos, online tutorials, and the help of my tech savvy husband, I finally have a stream that is starting to look decent. Next step: set design? If you have any questions on my set up please comment below!

My Stream:
https://www.twitch.tv/gracenestorlouie

Published by gnestor

My name is Grace Nestor-Louie and I am a fine art oil painter in Kent, Ohio. I paint in bright colors and often focus on animals and nature. I paint on commission and stream myself painting on Twitch. Come check out my portfolio and stay connected through my social media accounts!

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